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The Power of the Feminine in Times of Trump

Mary gets fierce at times, indicting me and other community organizers for paternalistic methodologies, pointing out the essentially Masculine nature of both our legal and political systems, and suggesting that we must explicitly open ourselves to Feminine forms of power if we are to heal the pain of two thousand years of Masculine imbalance.

SURVEY RESULTS: The Impact of Four-Year Terms on City Governance

Neighborhood leaders continue to be unsatisfied with the level of council engagement under four-year terms despite the fact that council members rate themselves as doing a good job engaging the community, especially under four-year terms (see below). Therefore, the most important data from the survey are neighborhood suggestions as to how city council can improve its level of community engagement.

Beyond Voting

Even before the tragic presidential election season, Liz Wu understood that voting, without daily personal contribution to local community, is a hollow act. rEVOLTUIONin CINCY is Liz's call to action in four areas we personally control: how we spend our money, to whom we give our time, the impact of personal choices, and the power of our thoughts.

Citizen engagement on life support at the hands of Harry Black despite heroic citizen efforts

In this interview you will learn about the standard for citizen engagement set by other cities, the importance of CEAT’s recommendations, and how Harry Black’s administration – along with four year terms, the challenges of a professional service model, and limited funding for community councils – has slowed the momentum for citizen engagement generated by Peter Hames and his 50+ cohorts.

Cafe DeSales Restores the Commons in Walnut Hills

Now nearly five years later, Sandy's hospitality -- and unflagging work to connect the diverse neighbors who walk to the cafe -- has built a profitable business that has become "the living room" for the neighborhood, providing a hedge against the down-sides of gentrification by deepening the sense of community for long-time neighbors and newcomers alike.

Two churches shift role to transform both congregants and community

Great conversation with two local pastors who are changing the role of church in community: Rev. Rich Jones believes that becoming good neighbors will help transform both the surrounding community and his congregants, while Rev. Sherman Bradley is building an integrated congregation to tackle race and social justice issues.

Rethinking Racism: Success and Growing Pains

So while whites surely need to find among themselves a whites-only role for ending racism, there is also a benefit to blacks and whites finding a collective purpose in addressing racism. Sebastian Junger’s recent book, Tribe, is about the power of collective purpose to not only transcend limitations like race, but to heal trauma.

Condo co-housing: an intentional community in the clouds

Richard Asimus and Joan Hoxsey talk about co-housing community development at Hammond North condominiums, an emerging intentional community focused on building connections and sharing gifts among residents, who have the opportunity to tell their story at regular "community circles", which often feature special guests from outside the building who talk about critical social issues.

Big Tickets, Blue Ribbons, and Poverty in Cincinnati

Option One - The Big Ticket Approach. Higher taxes on the rich. Suppress charter schools. Abandon public-private partnerships like 3CDC. Bring more low-income housing to the suburbs. End mass incarceration. Protect wages from the effects of globalization! Let’s call this the Big Ticket approach to solving poverty.

Un-Summit Thinks Big about Solving Poverty

What’s even more unlikely is that the Collaborative will take on many of these issues -- difficult questions that have been controversial and highly-debated for generations -- when there are so many other ways to make a difference more directly.

Why We Should Give Everyone Free Money

That spring, a local charity takes a radical decision. The street veterans are to become the beneficiaries of an innovative social experiment. No more food stamps, food kitchen dinners or sporadic shelter stays for them. The men will get a drastic bailout, financed by taxpayers. They'll each receive 3,000 pounds, cash, with no strings attached.

Community Building ›

Beyond Voting

Even before the tragic presidential election season, Liz Wu understood that voting, without daily personal contribution to local community, is a hollow act. rEVOLTUIONin CINCY is Liz's call to action in four areas we personally control: how we spend our money, to whom we give our time, the impact of personal choices, and the power of our thoughts.

Two churches shift role to transform both congregants and community

Great conversation with two local pastors who are changing the role of church in community: Rev. Rich Jones believes that becoming good neighbors will help transform both the surrounding community and his congregants, while Rev. Sherman Bradley is building an integrated congregation to tackle race and social justice issues.

Rethinking Racism: Success and Growing Pains

So while whites surely need to find among themselves a whites-only role for ending racism, there is also a benefit to blacks and whites finding a collective purpose in addressing racism. Sebastian Junger’s recent book, Tribe, is about the power of collective purpose to not only transcend limitations like race, but to heal trauma.

Condo co-housing: an intentional community in the clouds

Richard Asimus and Joan Hoxsey talk about co-housing community development at Hammond North condominiums, an emerging intentional community focused on building connections and sharing gifts among residents, who have the opportunity to tell their story at regular "community circles", which often feature special guests from outside the building who talk about critical social issues.

Youth ›

Youth on a Mission to Leverage Suburban Diversity

Most people don't think of the suburbs as diverse, but West Chester and Liberty Townships defy that convention. Now with 20% low soci0-economic status and 20% minority residents, these beyond-the-beltway bedroom communities offer an educational experience far different than their homogeneous neighbors.

Rec Centers–the Heart of Urban Communities

Never underestimate the value of Cincinnati recreation centers to their surrounding communities. Check out this photo montage to get a glimpse of the role the Hawthorne Avenue rec center plays in East Price Hill every day.

Neighborhoods ›

Two churches shift role to transform both congregants and community

Great conversation with two local pastors who are changing the role of church in community: Rev. Rich Jones believes that becoming good neighbors will help transform both the surrounding community and his congregants, while Rev. Sherman Bradley is building an integrated congregation to tackle race and social justice issues.

The Kennedy Arts Center: A How To in Grass Roots Community Building

Many people know about the Kennedy Arts Center. Around since 2004, granted money by the City to help get it started, and providing art classes in a beautiful house on Montgomery Road, the Center is a visible success story for the “arts as engagement” movement. But understanding how an old home healed a neighborhood will provide a master course in grass roots community building. Let’s look at a timeline of lessons any citizen activist can take from this story.

Rec Centers–the Heart of Urban Communities

Never underestimate the value of Cincinnati recreation centers to their surrounding communities. Check out this photo montage to get a glimpse of the role the Hawthorne Avenue rec center plays in East Price Hill every day.

Generative Economy ›

The Power of Purchase

Materialism and militarism are closely related. Along with racism they form the giant triple evils that Dr. King called upon us to defeat. Each of the three leads us toward cruelty and war, and each depends on a complacent citizenry. By becoming informed about the impact of our decisions and learning to use our economic power mindfully we have the ability to co-create an economy that works for all and bring into being the world we want to live in—one that is healthy, just and peaceful.

An Economy to Support the Commons

This article addresses the emerging practices that should inspire these entities of the ‘ethical’ economy. The main aim it to create new forms that go beyond the traditional corporate form and its extractive profit-maximizing practices of value extraction. Instead of extractive forms of capital, we need generative forms, that co-create value with and for the commoners.

Government ›

Citizen engagement on life support at the hands of Harry Black despite heroic citizen efforts

In this interview you will learn about the standard for citizen engagement set by other cities, the importance of CEAT’s recommendations, and how Harry Black’s administration – along with four year terms, the challenges of a professional service model, and limited funding for community councils – has slowed the momentum for citizen engagement generated by Peter Hames and his 50+ cohorts.

Big Tickets, Blue Ribbons, and Poverty in Cincinnati

Option One - The Big Ticket Approach. Higher taxes on the rich. Suppress charter schools. Abandon public-private partnerships like 3CDC. Bring more low-income housing to the suburbs. End mass incarceration. Protect wages from the effects of globalization! Let’s call this the Big Ticket approach to solving poverty.

City Ignores Public Input in Setting Public Input Opportunities

Mr. Black states that, “As an Administration, we are continuously looking for ways to enhance the budget process.” In developing this engagement process, however, he has ignored a two-year effort of citizens and members of his own administration to build a more engaging budget process.

Journalism ›

Journalism as community building

Their work has inspired us to take journalism to a more fundamental level – to convene groups of people to develop “generative communities" where people 1) find their own solutions through the power of telling stories that generate hope and ideas for the future, and 2) host transformative conversations in communities.

A New Journalism: Community at the Center

Identifying reliable sources and reaching broad audiences are challenging tasks, especially when covering “untapped” communities that have little experience in the media spotlight. Interacting with such populations requires time, skill, and, in some cases, an entirely new approach to journalism.

Non-Profits ›

Public Safety ›

Youth Partnership Reclaims Neighborhood from Violence

The Safety CAT began late in 2003 following the tragic shooting of an Elder Student on Glenway. This was a galvanizing event. It became eminently clear we had to be united and deliberate in our efforts to reclaim our neighborhood. Saying we’ve learned a lot is an understatement, and the learning continues.

Recreation ›

Development ›

Sustainability ›

Yellow Springs builds local economy to benefit all

The goal, said Community Solutions Executive Director Susan Jennings on Monday, “is to build an economy that provides for as many goods and services locally as nationally — to move us to greater self-sufficiency, greater resilience and greater equity.”

Building an Urban Eco-Village

We started out talking about the notion of an ecovillage and then, breaking into three groups, the deck group, kitchen group and living room group. After answering the questions, “What does an ecovillage mean to me, and second, does it make sense for Enright Ave., each group recorded the answers to the following question: “What an Ecovillage would mean on Enright Ave”.

Uncategorized ›

Cafe DeSales Restores the Commons in Walnut Hills

Now nearly five years later, Sandy's hospitality -- and unflagging work to connect the diverse neighbors who walk to the cafe -- has built a profitable business that has become "the living room" for the neighborhood, providing a hedge against the down-sides of gentrification by deepening the sense of community for long-time neighbors and newcomers alike.

Mercy for Addicts

Editor’s Note:  For years, Paul Komarek has been studying, advocating for and building models of restorative justice and community-based addiction/mental […]

Community Health ›

Communities on Drugs

Editor’s Note:  For years, Paul Komarek has been studying, advocating for and building models of restorative justice and community-based addiction/mental […]

International Insights ›

City Administration Fails to Engage Citizens in Designing Engagement Program

The bottom line is that people support what they co-create, and that has to start with designing the systems for engaging each other in the first place. That way, you have all those influential people like Sue and Peter and Jeanne fired up to get behind the plan you present today rather than express their frustrations.

Can T-Shirts Change the World?

The summer of 2016 was a whirlwind for me...attending community events from Cincinnati to Denver to Washington to Detroit. T shirts and slogans were everywhere. What surprised me was the evidence I saw of a process of recovery, a process more substantial than the slogans. I witnessed America healing.

Event Challenges Poverty Collaborative to Tackle Policy Issues

In a series of videos on topics ranging from tax and criminal justice policy to support for public education and unions, Ms. Dillingham and her speakers argue that successfully addressing poverty requires systemic policy change -- the kind of change they fear won't be tackled by the Mayor's Child Poverty Collaborative.

The 3rd Paradigm of Local Government

And finally, the third paradigm, that of citizens as the “owners” of the community’s well-being and government as a “modest” entity, acting in support of those initiatives.

Youth on a Mission to Leverage Suburban Diversity

Most people don't think of the suburbs as diverse, but West Chester and Liberty Townships defy that convention. Now with 20% low soci0-economic status and 20% minority residents, these beyond-the-beltway bedroom communities offer an educational experience far different than their homogeneous neighbors.