September 1, 2010

The Power of Families and Neighborhoods

Northwestern professor and author to discuss creating an abundant community.

CHICAGO — What is the true cost of consumerism? As consumers, we have been led to believe that we can "buy" satisfaction. This has led to consumer debt, isolation, and a lack of community identity.

The Abundant Community book coverJohn McKnight, co-author of The Abundant Community, believes that life is not determined by what we produce and consume. Rather, life should be about building relationships with our neighbors and being a citizen, not a consumer.

McKnight will speak about The Abundant Community at the next Tuesdays at APA forum on September 7, 2010. In their new book, McKnight and Peter Block advocate for richer, more fulfilling lives by breaking our dependency on the consumer economy. Instead of turning to institutions, McKnight and Block believe we should instead turn to neighborhoods to satisfy our needs.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 5:30– 6:30 p.m.

American Planning Association, 205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200

John McKnight has partnered with Jody Kretzmann for nearly three decades on research on community organizations and neighborhood policy. Additionally, McKnight has conducted his own research on social service delivery systems, health policy, the inclusion of marginalized people, and institutional racism. He currently contributes to efforts at the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, and continues his own research and community work.

The Abundant Community, co-published by Berrett-Koehler and the American Planning Association, examines the notion that each neighborhood has people with the gifts and talents needed to provide for our prosperity and peace of mind. $26.95 (APA member $21.95).


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;