The Hamptons Abundant Communities Initiative
What is Abundant Communities?
How do we get included?
Learn more about Abundant Communities by listening to an interview on CHED with Karen Wilk, Anne Harvey and Howard Lawrence who are all involved with Edmonton’s Abundant Communities Initiative.
The purpose of The Abundant Community Initiative…
is to advance the development of neighbourhood well-being in Edmonton neighborhoods following the principles and practices recommended by Peter Block and John McKnight in their book The Abundant Community.
- Your ideas about the neighbourhood joining other ideas to help our Community League lead into the future.
- Finding others in the neighbourhood who also enjoy what you or your kids do (e.g. ball hockey, walking, guitar, knitting, stamping, etc.).
- Using your abilities to – care for seniors, garden, coach, babysit, etc. – in order to help each other out and make our neighbourhood an even better place to live!
At the heart of the initiative…
is a neighbour or two on each block who will initiate a casual conversation with each household on their block/cul-de-sac/building floor, about their:
- Vision for their neighbourhood,
- Activities and interests that they can do together, and the
- Skills, gifts or abilities they are willing to share with their neighbours or the whole neighbourhood.
Work with community leagues or community groups/organizations to hire a Neighbourhood Connector who will:
- Identify, enlist and organize approximately 50 Block Connectors,
- Facilitate and encourage the Block Connector’s conversation process, and
- Collate/group the information from the conversations on behalf of the neighbourhood and the organizing community league or community group/organization.
- Initiates a momentum of household connection within each block/cul-de-sac/building floor and the neighbourhood.
- Shapes neighbourhood life according to residents’ vision of their neighbourhood.
- Facilitates relationships through the formation of new groups/associations of shared interests within the neighbourhood.
- Connects the gifts, skills and abilities of neighbours to other neighbours and the neighbourhood.
- Connects block/cul-de-sac/building floor neighbours together through a relationship with their Block Connector.
Contact The Hamptons Neighbourhood Connector, Lynda Sherman at AbundantCommunities@thehamptonscommunityleague.com.