Cooperation

Share Tompkins

We've been working on ways to better share resources in Tompkins County, NY. A few months ago we started organizing Community Swap Meets where people can give away, share or barter goods, services and labor with a focus on...

Share Some Sugar Community Website

Why buy when you can borrow? Keara Schwartz has come up with a brilliant way to borrow items from neighbors instead of buying them and meet new neighbors at the same time. It's an online service, called Share Some...

Mead Street Manifesto

Drafted by neighbors on a small stretch of Mead Street in Southeast Seattle. It's still a work in progress as you can see. People all over the country lament the loss of community, neighborhoods, local culture.  "Nobody knows their neighbors...

The Power of Positive Deviance: Jerry Sternin, Monique Sternin, Richard Pascale

Book review by Peter Block Jerry and Monique Sternin are a couple who have been concerned for the past twenty years or more with the most difficult problems facing modern societies. They have been interested in child malnutrition, sex trafficking,...

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...

Win, Lose or Draw

The path to a life of satisfaction starts when we begin to see clearly the roots of our dissatisfaction. One root is our belief in competition. Satisfaction begins when we begin to understand that “up or out,” “grow or...

You Really Can Get Something for Nothing

Story from NPR Morning Edition March 13, 2009

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...