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Deepening Community: Resilient Neighbourhoods | When People Care
June 7-9, 2016
Today, municipalities and neighbourhoods are being confronted with a range of complex issues that are beyond the capacity of any one group or sector to effectively address when working alone. At the same time, individuals of all ages are experiencing the physical and psychological impacts of increased isolation. They are hungering for greater connection: a sense of belonging.
For individuals, deepening community offers the opportunity to establish relationships and cultivate the ability – and joy – that comes from giving and receiving care. For neigbourhoods and municipalities, deepening community offers the possibility to transform isolated individuals and organizations into powerful networks that have the capacity to actively co-create positive futures together and create the resilience needed to “bounce back” from crises and times of hardship.
By John P Kretzmann and John L. McKnight
This guide to what the authors call "asset-based community development" summarizes lessons learned by studying successful community-building initiatives in hundreds of neighborhoods across the United States. It outlines in simple, "neighborhood-friendly" terms what local communities can do to start their own journeys down the path of asset-based development. This guide will be helpful to local community leaders, leaders of local associations and institutions, government officials, and leaders in the philanthropic and business communities who wish to support effective community-building strategies.
—Meg Wheatley, Author
—John McKnight, Founder and co-director of Asset-Based Community Development Institute