The Neighborhood Is the Center: Conversation with DeAmon Harges, Peter Block, & John McKnight

DeAmon Harges, Peter Block, John McKnight and other social innovators took part in this Abundant Community Conversation.

DeAmon is a powerful neighborhood advocate and has changed the role of the church of providing services to magnifying the gifts of its neighbors. He has learned how to build support from the city and foundations by inviting them into neighborhood experiences he has created and become a national figure in the kind of results he has produced.

Nobody puts the neighborhood at the center of their community work like DeAmon. He is a master at opening up what a neighborhood has to offer and putting social service institutions in the role of invited guests instead of outside helpers. Our conversation begins with DeAmon sharing his approach when he tells “the park bench story.”