Contact: Stew and Anola Carson - Connector Coordinators
Inspired by John McKnight and Peter Block’s book "The Abundant Community", this initiative is intended to build on the social fabric of Lendrum Place through a grassroots process that includes connecting neighbours with neighbours.
Stew Carson and his wife, have taken on the role of "Connector Coordinators" for Lendrum and hope to identify and enlist "Block Connectors" on every block who will have conversations with their neighbours about what their passions, visions, gifts, skills and abilities that they can bring to the community might be.
The hope is that The Lendrum Place Abundant Community Initiative will:
Based on the experience of the Highlands Community as Phase One of the pilot for the city’s Abundant Community Initiative (ACI), the City of Edmonton has started the second phase of the project in five additional neighbourhoods, and Lendrum Place is fortunate enough to be one of them!
Highlands’ experience, research, training materials and interview questions will be used to help us in Lendrum Place to launch our own efforts.
Highlands, much like Lendrum Place, is a place where people know their neighbours, watch out for each other, take pride in their community and enjoy many opportunities for social, educational and recreational interaction.
The Abundant Community Initiative has served to form more groups in the Highlands neighbourhood and greater relational connectedness on individual blocks.
The idea is that these groups form upon the basis of the actual interests and gifts of the neighbours in the community.
The challenge is that they don’t generally know what each other’s interests and gifts are. So, the ACI Pilot program has asked that people join with a neighbour or two to find out what the interests and gifts of the approximately twenty households on their block are.
A Neighbour Conversation Guide 2017.pdf 164KB has been used to get at these through a casual twenty-minute interview.
In Lendrum Place, we already have a few Block Connectors having conversations with their neighbours. The information is being collected and collated into neighbourhood building lists, which range from the "vision of neighbours to guide in neighbourhood decision making" (for example, safety, senior care and walkability) to neighbours’ activities and interests (such as walking, cycling, photography) to their skills and experience (senior visitation, youth mentoring, snow shoveling, writing, yard care).
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved in the Abundant
Communities Initiative in Lendrum Place,
please contact Stew & Anola Carson at email@example.com
We are always on the lookout for more Block Connectors. If not you, then maybe someone on your street would be a great fit for this role.
The invitation for neighbours to participate in the ACI Pilot riffs on some
of the ideas John McKnight articulated in a blog post titled
Gifts, Skills, Interests and Passions:
The Glue That Holds Communities Together:
Whenever a neighborhood comes together in powerful and satisfying ways it is because two things have happened.
· First, they have found out about each other’s gifts.
· Second, they have made new connections based on these gifts.
It is the sum of these connections that "glues" a neighborhood together.