The Connected Community: Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods

The Connected Community: Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods

The Connected Community: Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods

The Connected Community: Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods

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Overview

Find out how to uncover the hidden talents, assets, and abilities in your neighborhood and bring them together to create a vibrant and joyful community. It takes a village!

We may be living longer, but people are more socially isolated than ever before. As a result, we are hindered both mentally and physically, and many of us are looking for something concrete we can do to address problems like poverty, racism, and climate change. What if solutions could be found on your very doorstep or just two door knocks away?

Cormac Russell is a veteran practitioner of asset-based community development (ABCD), which focuses on uncovering and leveraging the hidden resources, skills, and experience in our neighborhoods. He and John McKnight, the cooriginator of ABCD, show how anyone can discover this untapped potential and connect with his or her neighbors to create healthier, safer, greener, more prosperous, and welcoming communities. They offer a wealth of illustrative examples from around the world that will inspire you to explore your own community and discover its hidden treasures.

You will learn to take action on what you already deeply know—that neighborliness is not just a nice-to-have personal characteristic but essential to living a fruitful life and a powerful amplifier of community change and renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523002528
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2022
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Cormac Russell is managing director of Nurture Development and a faculty member and European director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, Chicago. He is also codirector of the new Community Renewal Centre. Russell is a popular international keynote speaker and is also the author of Rekindling Democracy.

John McKnight is cofounder of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and a senior associate of the Kettering Foundation. McKnight cofounded the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group with Dr. Quentin Young, cofounded the Gamaliel Foundation with Greg Galluzzo, and was a founding board member of National People’s Action led by Gale Cincotta.

Table of Contents

Foreword Parker J. Palmer ix

Preface xiii

Introduction

What Lies beyond Disconnection? 1

Part 1 Discover 17

Discover at a Glance 18

Chapter 1 Homecoming: Rediscovering the Value of Community 21

Chapter 2 The Hazards of the Wrong Map: From What's Wrong to What's Strong 31

Chapter 3 The Neighborhood Treasure Hunt: Basic Building Blocks 41

Three Tools for Discovery 53

Part 2 Connect 57

Connect at a Glance 58

Chapter 4 Beyond Leaders toward Connectors 61

Chapter 5 The Community Is Waiting to Contribute 73

Chapter 6 The Seven Functions of Connected Communities 85

Three Tools for Connection 101

Part 3 Mobilize 105

Mobilize at a Glance 106

Chapter 7 Diary of a Neighborhood Made Visible and Vibrant

Part 1 Step by Step from Crisis to Connected 109

Chapter 8 Diary of a Neighborhood Made Visible and Vibrant

Part 2 Step by Step from Envisioning to Collective Action 119

Chapter 9 The Role of the Useful Outsider 135

Three Tools for Mobilization 145

Conclusion

The Connected Community-Not So Wild a Dream! 151

The Connected Community at a Glance 159

Discussion Guide 165

Notes and Sources 175

Resource Guide 1 The We Can Game 177

Resource Guide 2 Chapter 5 Tables 187

Acknowledgments 191

Index 193

About the Authors 00

About Nurture Development, the Community Renewal Centre, and the ABCD Institute 00

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