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.

Church from the Outside-In

When the insurance company rep showed up and said it would pay for all of the damage caused by a recent storm, all the volunteers left happy.  And why wouldn’t […]

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.