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Restoring “Function” to Children and Young People on the Path to Family and Community Revival

Tuesday, November 01, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

John McKnight
Professor of Education and Social Policy
Asset-Based Community Development Institute
Northwestern University

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) Room 115

John L. McKnight is a professor of Education and Social Policy, as well as Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. McKnight has been associated with many of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute’s major research projects since joining the organization in 1960, including research on the urban determinants of health, law enforcement, urban disinvestment and metropolitan government, deinstitutionalized child welfare services, police anti-crime programs, and the effects of the perception of crime upon community responses. He also directed the Chicago Innovations Forum, and IPR-based dialogue among neighborhood leaders and innovators in economic, political and social development.

John McKnight has conducted research on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations, neighborhood policy, and institutional racism. He currently directs research projects focused on asset-based neighborhood development and methods of community building by incorporating marginalized people.Much of his recent work on asset-based community development is captured in McKnight’s co-authored book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets (1993), which has circulated through a broad range of community, government, business, nonprofit, and educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Some of McKnight’s other publications include The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits (1995) and The Abundant Community (2010). McKnight serves on the Board of Directors of numerous community organizations including the Gamaliel Foundation and The National Training and Information Center. Before joining Northwestern, McKnight directed the Midwest office of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Drawing from years of extensive research and work in neighborhoods through his Asset-Based Community Development Institute at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Professor McKnight will discuss his observations about the connections between child, family and community well-being. He will explore how one of the basic problems of modern families is that the children and parents have lost their functions; they have become “consumers dependent on professionals and malls.” His remarks will present a theory of a “hopeful future that recovers the capacity of children and parents to become productively interdependent.


Claudia Coulton, PhD
Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development
Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change

Geraldine Burns
Director, Friendly Inn Settlement Corp.

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You may download Dr. McKnight’s powerpoint and accompanying materials here:

Powerpoint: Restoring ‘Function’ to Children and Young People on the Path to Family and Community Revival

Handout #1: Things Villages Do to Raise Children

Handout #2: Ten Commandments for Youth

Handout #3: Gifts List

Handout #4: Neighborhood Planning

Handout #5: Exemplary Materials Workbook

Handout #6: An Invitation to Explore

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