The Hopeful Neighborhood

Field Guide

"I believe that the community-in the fullest sense: a place and all its creatures-is the smallest unit of health and that to speak of the health of an isolated individual is a contradiction in terms."

– Wendell Berry

Learn about The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide from authors Tony Cook and Don Everts. Our field guide will walk you through six sessions on pursuing the common good right where you live. 

An excerpt from
The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide

 “We believe real change and hope begin with the real experts of a neighborhood: those who actually live in that neighborhood. We believe you are an expert on your own neighborhood, and we believe you are surrounded by other experts. And that's why we've written this field guide: to inspire and equip people just like you to pursue the common good in your own neighborhood.”

As you work through the field guide, each session will direct you here for videos that will help you dive deeper into each topic. 

 

Introduction

Welcome to My Neighborhood

Session One: Focus on Possibilities

A hopeful neighborhood is where possibilities are the focus.

 

The Power of Focusing on Possibilities

Implications of Focusing on Assets or Deficits

 

Session Two: Share Individual Gifts

A hopeful neighborhood is where everyone's gifts are shared.

The Power of Sharing Individual Gifts

Twelve Types of Individual Gifts

Session Three: Value Neighborhood Uniqueness

A hopeful neighborhood is where neighbors value their neighborhood's uniqueness.

 

The Power of Falling in Love with Your Neighborhood

Six Types of Neighborhood Gifts

 

Session Four: Long for Neighborhood Well-being

A hopeful neighborhood is where neighbors long for their neighborhood's well-being.

The Power of Thinking About Neighborhood Well-being