Measuring and Evaluating Community Initiatives

Conversation with Tom Dewar

Download or listen to John and Peter’s April 16 conversation with Tom Dewar on different ways of thinking about what local initiatives mean and how to support them. Tom is the co-director of the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change.As a long-time member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, he has helped train community leaders and organizers from across the United States and Canada, as well as in Australia and Southeastern Europe. Tom’s teaching, research, writing and public speaking have addressed a variety of topics, including especially the key challenges in community development, the role of mutual aid and informal networks in community building, the social and economic organization of neighborhoods, and the dangers of an over-reliance on professional service delivery systems.

Click button below to listen or here to download.

Running time (with Q&A): 0:48:25




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About the Lead Author

Peter Block
In addition to The Abundant Community, co-authored with John McKnight, Peter Block is the author of Flawless Consulting, Community, Stewardship and The Answer to How Is Yes. He serves on the boards of Elementz, a hip hop center for urban youth; Cincinnati Public Radio; and LivePerson. With other volunteers, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring Peter's work on civic engagement into being. Peter's work is in the restoration of communities and creating systems that restore our humanity. He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops he has designed to build the skills outlined in his books.

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