Occupying a Different Community Space

“Health happens in neighborhoods, not doctors’ offices,” says Dr. Richard J. Jackson, professor and chairman of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a forthcoming public television series on ways to redesign the built environment for better physical and mental health.

Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer,” a recent New York Time blog post by Jane Brody, highlights some of Dr. Jackson’s work on the ways individual and community health are affected by the physical environment where we live, work, play and shop. It is when we join with our neighbors in those spaces in the giving of gifts, the presence of association and the compassion of hospitality that we become abundant communities.

For more about Dr. Jackson, the TV series and companion book visit the Designing Healthy Communities website.


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About the Lead Author

John McKnight And Peter Block
John McKnight And Peter Block
John L. McKnight was raised a traveling Ohioan, having lived in seven neighborhoods and small towns in the eighteen years before he left to attend Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. There, he had the good fortune to be educated by a faculty dedicated to preparing students for effective citizenship. He graduated into the U.S. Navy, where he had three years of “postgraduate” education in Asia during the Korean War. More... Peter Block was born in Chicago and spent most of his early years in the Midwest. After college, he went to New Jersey and was involved in the early days of creating the field of organization development. This entailed some years at Exxon Research and Engineering Company and then the formation of a consulting firm with Tony Petrella. Marvin Weisbord joined in 1971, and the firm did pretty well until, Block says, “we all got into our sixties and either retired or moved in other directions.” More...

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