Events

John and Peter host periodic free conversations with social innovators on how they are working to create change in the world in local economies, education, health care and other domains of community life advancing the common good.

Ritual & Possibility with Casper ter Kuile, Peter Block & Rabbi Terlinchamp

Join Casper ter Kuile, Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp, Peter Block and other social innovators in this Abundant Community Conversation.

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Drawing on Casper’s most recent book, The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices, and Peter’s Possibility conversation (in his book Community: The Structure of Belonging), this conversation will explore the possibilities present in ritual to transform our communities. Focusing on gift-mindedness and setting an intention to encounter and connect, this event will also draw on the poetry and practical experience of Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp and attendees will be invited to be active participants in this emerging conversation.

Casper ter Kuile is helping to build a world of joyful belonging. In the midst of enormous changes in how we experience community and spirituality, Casper connects people and co-creates projects that help us live lives of greater connection, meaning, and depth. He is the author of The Power of Ritual (HarperOne) and the co-host of the award-winning podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. He’s also a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and the co-founder of startup Sacred Design Lab – a research and design consultancy working to create a culture of belonging and becoming. He co-authored “How We Gather” and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. He holds a Masters of Divinity and Public Policy from Harvard University, and before moving to the U.S. co-founded Campaign Bootcamp and the UK Youth Climate Coalition, both training and mobilizing young activists. He lives with his husband in Brooklyn, NY.

The new format includes opportunities to engage with other participants and John, Peter and their guests. An interactive chat box also offers space to comment on the conversation, ask questions and share information with one another. You can also use the comment form on this website or go to the Abundant Community Facebook page to post any questions and insights you would like to share in advance.

It’s easy to participate after you register and download the Zoom software. If you can’t listen live, the conversations are archived for viewing or downloading later.

Register here.

Past Event: Community-Owned Health During a Pandemic with Dr. Deborah Puntenney

Dr. Deborah Puntenney spoke with Peter Block, John McKnight and other social innovators in this Abundant Community Conversation.

Moving beyond the traditional definition of community, Deborah spoke about her work applying asset-based community development principles with the Rochester Area Foundation in order to address the social determinants of health.

Deborah was a colleague of John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann at the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University for 25 years, and contributed broadly to the institute’s community-building research. In addition to authoring many of the institute’s publications, she has extensive experience working directly with community groups designing community-based participatory research projects, and partnering with them on the implementation of those efforts. Her research has taken her beyond the traditional definition of community, exploring the application of asset-based community development principles to nonprofit and philanthropic settings, as well as to specific areas of interest, including aging and health. Retired from the faculty at Northwestern in 2017, Deborah continues her work as an independent consultant, working primarily on projects in Rochester, NY. The Neighborhood Health Status Improvement Initiative, funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, invites grantee communities to organize around the social determinants of health using an asset-based community development approach. Each community works from the grassroots to build a local health improvement plan that encompasses the physical, social, and economic determinants of health.

Common Good Collective: Abundant Community Conversations with John and Peter

The new format includes opportunities to engage with other participants and John, Peter and their guests. An interactive chat box also offers space to comment on the conversation, ask questions and share information with one another. You can also use the comment form on this website or go to the Abundant Community Facebook page to post any questions and insights you would like to share in advance.

It’s easy to participate after you register and download the Zoom software. If you can’t listen live, the conversations are archived for viewing or downloading later.

 

How to Register

You must register in advance for the Common Good Collective Abundant Community Conversations with John and Peter on Eventbrite.

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and then, a few days before the event, another email will be sent which will contain information about joining.

REGISTER HERE

You will be able to join the conversation from your desktop, tablet or smartphone. For more detailed instructions on participating online, see the Zoom Help Center. 

We will stream a moderated showing of the Conversation on the Abundant Community Facebook page a few days afterward. If you can’t join us live, you can see it on Facebook or in our archive here 

Earlier Conversations

The Neighborhood Is the Center

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The Power of Disability

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Journalism with Community at the Center

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John and Peter Conversation with Eve Pearlman In partnership with the Common Good Collective ~ March 3, 2020 About every six weeks for the last six...

A Prophetic Voice for Economic and Social Justice

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John and Peter Conversation with Damon Lynch III In partnership with Common Good Collective ~ February 5, 2020 About every six weeks for the last six...