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This Could Be Why You’re Depressed or Anxious

More than ever, we have embraced mental health as a key component of a healthy, good life. But what are we missing when we follow the trail of causes for increasingly common conditions of anxiety and depression? In this...

Losing by Playing the Blame Game

If you attend the meetings of many neighborhood organizations, their focus is mainly on local issues. These often include unruly youth, dangerous alleys, graffiti, lack of jobs, dangerous police, drug sales, belligerent local merchants, the incompetent teachers in the...

‘By Any Means Necessary:’ Detroit Neighborhoods Spearhead Unique Food Solutions

"We are the ones we've been waiting for." This Hopi Elders wisdom embodies the spirit of community members across Detroit, Michigan who are taking the initiative to support one another through collecting, sharing, and organizing around one of life's...

A Deep Dive into the Art of Neighboring

Improving communities and the lives of those who live there begins when we embrace the singular importance of neighbors being in authentic relationship with one another. In this fireside chat organized by the Tamarack Institute, Deanna Butz from the...

A Citizen-Centered Culture: A Tale Of Two Neighborhoods

The Dutch Association of Mayors invited me, as a representative of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, to visit their 20 largest cities and share an asset-based approach with neighborhood leaders in each city. In one of the first cities I...

How Change Happens over “Pizza and Some Beer”

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz talks about how the democratic economy is coming into being during an October 2021 interview with Andrew Van Wagner, who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers for his Substack newsletter. In the interview, Alperovitz points out...

A Nation of Weavers

"The social renaissance is happening from the ground up."   I start with the pain. A couple times a week I give a speech somewhere in the country about social isolation and social fragmentation. Very often a parent comes up to...

Creating Trust: The Unique Power of Associations

  It is not difficult to distinguish the functions of physical tools from each other. No one uses a saw to drive a nail into a piece of wood. Likewise, no one attempts to cut a piece of wood with a...

Reclaiming Citizen Power: Angela Fell

Angela Fell has her feet in the soil of Wigan, UK. In this straight-talking conversation we name the disconnect from real life and community we see in the patterns and behaviour of our 'democratic' systems and the institutions, large...

A Movement for Neighborhood Connection in Perth, Australia

The need for social connection has never been clearer. Lockdowns have shown us the importance of connecting and building relationships with those that live closest to us. Over the last six years Neighborhood Connect has successfully experimented with creating...

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Do You Want to Experience True Liberation?

In this week’s feature, the Meagan Scott and Courtney Ng speak on Common Good podcast about facilitating necessary conditions...