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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Everyone has heard of the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” We find that not only is the saying universally known, it is universally agreed to with enthusiasm. But when we ask most neighborhood people about...

Nurturing Our Taro Patches

Written for Paradise Post, Hakalau, HI Early this year while scrolling through my usual volume of email messages, there was one that caught my attention.  It was from Peter Block, writer-speaker-consultant, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Peter, as some on the...

Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is one of North America's best social inventors. He has looked beyond traditional institituions and their failures to create new means of achieving a better life. His analysis of the forms of organization that enable local communities...

Gifts, Skills, Interests and Passions: The Glue That Holds Communities Together

Most of us belong to lots of different kinds of clubs, groups and associations.  Each is held together by a common gift, skill, interest or passion.  Choirs are associations that magnify the gifts of people who sing well.  Basketball...

You Really Can Get Something for Nothing

Story from NPR Morning Edition March 13, 2009

Weaving Community

Thoughts on the Recent Community Building Workshops Run by Peter Block in South Africa by Cathy Park I recently relocated to Cape Town and some days I feel like I’m the only one who is alone in a café (trying not...

Can Building Strong Communities Combat Crime?

What is the secret to combating crime? . . . As I've asked people in the police force, politics and business this question, no one has had a certain answer. In South Africa:The Good News March 23, 2010

Update on the Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton

Listen to Edmonton’s ACI co-founder Howard Lawrence, along with Laurier Heights Neighborhood Connector Karen Wilk and ACI Coordinator for City of Edmonton Anne Harvey, describe the thinking behind the Initiative and some of the surprising, and not-so-surprising, results from...

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Re-Learning to Solve Our Problems Together

Last Tuesday, the world witnessed an attack on the US Capitol--a building that symbolizes and holds a home for...

Kindness as a Stance

http://youtu.be/ZKwQ-w87E2g In an increasingly polarized and politicized world, what is the role of kindness -- and how might it be used to help us revive...

Learning Tree: Building Capacity Their Way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZvj_jfBpDE&t=155 In the heart of Indianapolis' Clifton-Radar neighborhood, known most often for statistics of violent crime, poverty or need, neighbors are gathering to tell, hear...

The Neighborhood as a Sacred Place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BprBr1XVxE In his keynote talk for the Parish Collective’s Inhabit 2020 At Home Conference, John draws on insights from Walter Brueggemann and Dave Chapelle to...

When Renters Can Earn Equity

Writing in Backyard, a newsletter exploring scalable solutions to make housing fairer, more affordable and more environmentally sustainable, Emily Nonko puts Cincinnati's Margie Spinney...