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How Much Harm Do Social Services Do?

A few weeks ago, I received this email from Dan Oliver of Cleveland, Ohio, asking my thoughts on the role of social service agencies in undercutting the power of families and neighborhoods to solve their own problems: Dear Mr. McKnight, I...

Guest Blog: Becoming a Community Connector

When Jennifer mentioned her goal of becoming a community connector in her review of The Abundant Community, we asked her to write a guest blog so others could share and learn from her experiences. Here is her first post.   In...

The Neighborhood Plague

A plague has descended on many of our neighborhoods.  It is a plague intensified by recession, corporate drive for profit and confusion about what government can do that is useful. People are out of work; homes are foreclosed. All the public...

Biding My Time

For those concerned about the side effects of consumerism, about the “new normal” recession that will not go away, about disparity of living standards, about the well-being of our children, our health, our elderly, our safety and our food...

Leveraging Capacity for Change

Staff of the New Economics Institute e-Newsletter, March 12, 2011 Together with others around the world, our thoughts are with those affected by yesterday's devastating earthquake and tsunami. The following eNewsletter was prepared in advance of that tragedy. The Laurel Hill Association...

Deep Connections

Bridget and I have gone from knowing about two of our neighbors in February 2010 to about 25 of our neighbors in February 2011.  Two of the new neighbors we met are R.L. and Martha, a couple in their...

Powering America

In a neighborhood, people are empowered by the work they do together.  Often, they use this power to confront institutions and advocate for the neighborhood’s self-interest.  In this kind of action, power is understood as our ability to get...

Uhuru Child and Fountain of Hope Youth Initiative Honored by Community Tool Box

Selected by an international panel of judges and then by public voting, the grand prize and second prize- winning projects honored by the Community Tool Box Out of the Box competition are both located in Kenya in communities ravaged by civil...

President Obama’s Speech Forgets the Primary Educators

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama once again urged parents to be active in supporting children to achieve in school. "Turn off the TV and do your homework," he advised. While this is a commendable...

A Real Community Learning Center

There is a movement afoot to turn every public school building into a “community learning center.” Use the buildings to supplement day school with programs in the afternoon and evening for children and adults. Nice idea. The question is...

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How Institutional Leaders Can Transform Their System into a Member of Local Neighborhoods

Traditionally, these Learnings share knowledge we have gained from innovative neighborhood and local institutional leaders. This Learning is different...