Land/Environment

The Four Essential Elements of an Asset-Based Community Development Process

Click here to download the full paper The primary goal of an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) process is to enhance collective citizen visioning and production. This paper discusses each of four essential elements in detail in an effort to answer...

The Moment for Community Has Arrived

A World Divided Isolation is on the rise in our neighborhoods, institutions, cities, and in the world at large. The extremism and rigid ideology that flood all forms of public conversation are painful to witness and, to my mind, partial...

A Mammoth Gesture in the Direction of the Commons

  Who other than prophets and poets could imagine re-enlivening 131,000 square feet and 10 acres for the purposes of community? Such daring.   At the very end of McDonnel St. in Peterborough, Ontario is a gateway to a different way...

Webinar ~ Community: The Structure of Belonging

Peter talks with Weaving Influence's Becky Robinson about how to create and foster community, why community is so important, and why we feel increasingly lonely in a world that keeps us "connected" via technology.   Related: Community: The Structure of Belonging (Block) ...

Community: The Structure of Belonging

Welcome This book is written to support those who care for the well-being of our community. It is for anyone who wants to be part of creating an organization, neighborhood, city, or country that works for all, and who has...

Associating Associations: The Power of Convening

Because most associations are affinity groups of like-­‐minded people, the potential for dialogue about issues is small. The focus of most associational discourse is about how to manifest their like-­‐mindedness. There is, however, a context in which associations engage...

How to Connect Neighborhood Churches to Your Local Community

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 February 20, 2018 dialog they invited Paul Sparks, a leading voice in the growing...

Parish Portrait: Mt Scott-Arleta, Portland, OR with B.D. Dormaier

How a few plants, a mural, and less pavement could bring more to a neighborhood than one big ministry. Parish Portrait: Mt Scott-Arleta, Portland, OR with B.D. Dormaier from Parish Collective on Vimeo. Home page image: Ron Dunnigton

Government Innovation Isn’t Your Main Problem

Government innovation isn’t your main problem. It’s government’s. After many years of unsuccessfully peddling the processes of social innovation to governments across Canada I’ve learned: Not to peddle process. Instead to focus on proposing bold, workable solutions to problems they...

The Problem With Problems

At a recent meeting with city managers, I was struck by how universally the focus of relationships with community was “problems.” Certainly, problems are one way of defining a part of the kinds of relationships government or any institution...

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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...

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...

The Six Conversations

One. The Proposition https://youtu.be/gIj4o0ygwKk Two. The Possibility https://youtu.be/8OrOKhte7TI Three. The Promise https://youtu.be/SNn2uqyuZPU Four. The Point https://youtu.be/9rpDrJGPuW8 Copyright © 2020 Peter Block. All rights reserved. Re-posted by permission. Produced for designedlearning.com and peterblock.com by Panoptic Media, Jim Prues, Creative...

Coming to the Stage

Indianapolis poet and performer Januarie York read Coming to the Stage to open and close John and Peter's August 4 Conversation with DeAmon Harges....

The Neighborhood Is the Center

About every six weeks for the last six years, John and Peter have hosted conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. Their August...