Land/Environment

It’s the Community, Stupid!

The presidential race in 2012 is increasing attention and interest in local economies and small business.  So far the debate has focused on perceived economic drivers such as tax incentives and an educated workforce.  These have their place, but...

Abundant Community: Local Food Alliance in Placer County, California

PlacerSustain is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Placer County, California, that stewards the creation of social capital at the grass roots level to create a sustainable future—helping people help themselves through sharing, connecting, collaborating and taking cooperative action.  PlacerSustain...

Community Abundance Is Its Gifts

Abundant communities start with making visible the gifts of everyone in the neighborhood—the families, the young people, the old people, the vulnerable people, the troublesome people. Everyone. We do this not out of altruism, but to create the elements...

The Club Is Not the Club

  Home page photo: Schani

Designing to Belong (Not Just to Be)

Isn’t it interesting how we sometimes pursue seemingly opposing values in the way we live?  You know, we find ourselves enjoying the biggest, the newest, the most clever and beautiful cutting edge designs, and then almost in the same...

This Land Is My Land

  Related: Dufferin Grove Park: The Bake Ovens Building Community with Portable Brick Ovens Wood-fired Communal Oven In A Park: Why Bother? (Jutta Mason, The Project for Public Spaces)   Home page photo: Friends of Dufferin Park

Time Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

  An event sponsored by a time bank in Lathrup Village, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Michigan Municipal League   Ten years ago, Susan Dentzler of NPR was retained by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate whether time banking (a system that lets people swap...

Change the Story to Change the World

The next five to ten years represent an unprecedented break in the human journey. We are between stories, or the guiding narratives, that serve as beacons for our collective future. For example, the "American Dream" that pulled the U.S....

Occupying a Different Community Space

“Health happens in neighborhoods, not doctors’ offices,” says Dr. Richard J. Jackson, professor and chairman of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a forthcoming public television series on ways to redesign the built environment...

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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...