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Visionary Leadership in Community Building

How do we create a culture, a way of being together that affirms our relatedness? Peter's conversation with Nicole Farkouh on community and culture in organizations, neighborhoods and beyond ranges into the task of leadership as visionary not role...

Principles for Organizing the Unorganizables

On March 27, 2018, John and Peter talked with Ann Livingston about her pioneering work in the movement to eliminate harms associated with drug use. Some of the questions they explored were: How did you come to get involved...

What to Do When the Door to the Status Quo Opens Slightly

There are times when you manage to open the door to the status quo ever so slightly. By status quo, I refer to those organizations and institutions (foundations, big budget non-profits, universities, government ministries, health systems, police departments and so...

Freeing Yourself from the Consumer Culture

In this wide-ranging interview Peter talks with Eric Zimmer, host and producer of The One You Feed, named one of the Best Health Podcasts of All Time by The Huffington Post. Peter discusses some of the big questions he is tackling lately,...

How Neighborhoods and Local Government Can Work Together to Make Both Stronger

About every six weeks, for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. For their November 6, 2017 dialog they invited Pacific Community Solutions founder Ron Dwyer-Voss to...

When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First Responder

“If there were ever a place for top down systems, it is in disaster response.” That was the observation of a colleague as he explained the ICS — Incident Command System—utilized by most disaster response agencies. The ICS is pretty top-down. The...

Who Has the Skills to Build Community? We All Do

More than 20 years after co-founding YES!, I am launching a new project. The idea came to me when I was on the road trip that resulted in my new book, The Revolution Where You Live. As I traveled, I met people...

Take a Leap – Take a Bold Leap

The formal system not working for you? Ensnared in its lethargy? Drifting in the momentum of its outmoded approach? Then take a leap. Not onto what exists. Wrestling once more with its inefficiencies. Trying to make a silk’s purse out of...

Our 13 Staging Posts in Learning and Development

Editor’s note: Cormac Russell is managing director of Nurture Development, a UK based consulting and research organization that seeks to support communities to reduce institutionalization and increase interdependency in community life. To mark the organization’s 21st birthday, he wrote...

Seize the Opportunity of Crisis to Rebuild Community

When I visited Taiwan earlier this year, I was reminded that the Chinese word for crisis is comprised of two characters, one meaning danger and the other opportunity. In every crisis there is opportunity. Our world is confronted by...

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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...