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How Community Action Shapes Health

This is a discussion that took place on June 6, 2017. John was a participant and it originally appeared on the Abundant Community website.

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 June 6, 2017 dialog they invited Deborah Puntenney to share her experiences in building new connections and relationships to strengthen our neighborhoods and communities.

View a transcription of this discussion on Abundant Community

 Download or listen to the audio here.

An Educating Neighborhood

Throughout North America, one of the most popular mottoes is the African saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” Hardly anyone disagrees with its premise. However, there are very few neighborhoods that actually engage in this practice. Instead, child-raising is thought to be largely the domain of families and schools.

A village, however, is much more than family or school. In fact, a village holds many more educational resources than either families or schools.The educational resources of the village include the knowledge of neighborhood residents, the clubs, groups and associations that are citizen-based learning environments and the local institutions (businesses, not for profits and government bodies). Each provides incredible learning opportunities.

In this post, John explains how these neighborhood educational assets can be activated in a “village” to raise its children.

Read the full post here.

John is interested in identifying people who would like to work with him in creating “Educating Neighborhood” pilot initiatives in their neighborhoods. He can be contacted at jlmabcd@aol.com.

You Are the Guest

This is a discussion that took place on December 12, 2016. John was a participant and it originally appeared on the Abundant Community website.

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 December 2016 dialog they decided to share some of their latest thinking and invite listeners to share their experiences in building new connections and relationships to strengthen our neighborhoods and communities.

John and Peter’s opening dialog was loosely organized around four questions:

  • What’s shifted in our thinking

  • What’s been confirmed

  • What gives us hope for the future

  • What are we worried about

View a transcription of this discussion on Abundant Community

In addition to the transcribed discussion here, some of the issues raised by listeners, and their responses to John and Peter’s dialog, were grabbed from the conversation’s chat box and are posted here. Download or listen to the audio here.

 

The Gift of Fallibility

This is a discussion that took place on July 27, 2016. John was a participant and it originally appeared on the Abundant Community website.

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Neighbors As Citizens Making Democracy Work

This is a discussion that took place on May 9, 2016. John was a participant and it originally appeared on the Abundant Community website.

Conversation with John McKnight, Peter Block and Guest David Mathews

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Abundant Community Edmonton

This is a discussion that took place on March 30, 2016. John was a participant and it originally appeared on the Abundant Community website.

Tamarack’s March 23, 2016 webinar on the Abundant Community Edmonton initiative featured Howard Lawrence and Anne Harvey from the City of Edmonton, the innovators and activators of this unique neighbourhood-building framework. They were joined by John and Peter, who have worked closely with them over the years to help develop Abundant Community Edmonton with the City of Edmonton’s Citizen Services Department.

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Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight in Conversation

This is a discussion that took place on March 23, 2016. John was a participant and it originally appeared on the Abundant Community website.

John and Peter were joined in their conversation on March 8, 2018 by Walter Brueggemann, co-author of their recently released new book An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer CultureAlso joining them were special guests and friends Peter Pula and Michelle Strutzenberger of Axiom News, who moderated the discussion, and Chris Witt, who managed the exchange.

View a transcription of this discussion on Abundant Community

Listen to the recorded conversation here or download it at TalkShoe.com.

 

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