Stand at your door step or on the street corner of your block. Survey your neighborhood. What can you see? House fronts, streetscapes, some cars, people, domestic animals, some businesses, perhaps?
Now consider what you can’t see. The skills, knowledge, passions, and experiences of neighbors whose names you don’t recall or barely know. The informal clubs and groups that you are not a member of. The local institutions that contribute in small but important ways that you never hear about. The physical gems that lay hidden in the built and natural environment, yet to be discovered by you and many of your neighbors. The cultural treasures buried behind invitations you have never received.
You are now imagining the parts of your neighborhood that are currently invisible to you and to most of your neighbors. While these resources may be invisible, they are abundantly available, because they are close at hand; there for the asking.
This book shows how regular folks can make these invisible resources visible and vibrant for all who live locally. And once they are visible, how these resources can be used in powerful ways to renew our health, security, care, local economy, ecology and food sovereignty.
This book is for people committed to deepening their relationships with the people and the place where they live. It is for neighbors wishing to be more neighborly and for citizens wishing to be more democratic and welcoming of strangers. Here, through stories and real-world practical tools and methods, you will discover what you have already deeply known –– neighborliness is not just a nice-to-have personal characteristic; it is essential to living a fruitful life, and a powerful amplifier of community change and renewal.