For episode 6, hosts Adam and Matt return to the front porch in order to unpack a concept that can seem confusing but is extremely important to understand in order to help create healthy communities: social capital. The term is prevalent in the community development world, but oftentimes, it's definition is hard to find. And even with an exact definition, social capital can sometimes be hard to understand in the context of a neighborhood. In this episode, Adam and Matt tell a story that exemplifies social capital before defining the term and even playing a game that displays how the concept looks in the context of a neighborhood. Let social capital be confusing no longer, and let's start building it within our neighborhoods!
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Neighboring Tip of the Week - Work on an outside project, like washing your car, and allow time to have a conversation with a neighbor or someone walking by.
Like barbequing, working on an outside project in your front yard or street is a great way to make yourself accessible to your neighbors. Be sure to…Read More
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Pay attention for negative talk or gossip amongst neighbors, and seek ways to offer positive stories about neighbors or your neighborhood to redirect the conversation.
While this week’s neighboring experiment doesn’t involve physical labor, it can be a tough one to master….Read More
Neighboring is transformational. For the fourth episode of Season 2, we were joined on the front porch by Joy Lenz, an absolutely amazing neighbor who has been radically transformed by practicing neighboring. Joy is a Christian, and when her church began to practice neighboring, as well, they experienced complete transformation and began to see themselves as connectors instead of service providers. Joy loves to write, so in this episode, she shares these inspiring stories of transformation by talking with us but also by reading a couple different blogs she has written about her neighboring adventures. Christian or not, we think this episode is a beautiful example of the transformation that individuals and churches can experience when neighboring. If you would like to read more of Joy's blogs, you can find them here: http://writejoywrite.blogspot.com/
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Be mindful of your own emergency preparedness and how this relates to your neighbors.
Happy July, friends!
This week, we have been thinking about how becoming more connected with our neighbors is the gift that keeps on giving…Read More
This week, we were honored to sit down with Dr. Elaine Heath, a practical theologian, teacher, author, spiritual pioneer, colleague, and friend. In this episode, Elaine helps us answer the question, "How can neighboring and spirituality combine in an inclusive and non-coercive way that is healthy for all of our neighbors, regardless of their backgrounds or stories?"
Elaine names the fact that many have been hurt by Christianity and unpacks a lot of this baggage before naming what is emerging in Christianity and re-framing the once-painful idea of evangelism. Buckle up - we think this episode is beautiful, powerful, and healing for non-Christians and Christians alike.
Also, if you are intrigued by Elaine's thoughts, we encourage you to check out one of her many powerful books. You can find them here: https://www.amazon.com/Elaine-A.-Heath/e/B001JSD5Z4
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Host Flamingo Friday on your block or in your apartment complex.
Flamingo Friday is a tradition we heard about through the grapevine as we’ve learned neighboring strategies from others. Here’s how it works:…Read More
For the second episode of Season 2, we sat down with Dr. Justin Moore, a physician and researcher, and discussed this fact: neighboring makes us healthier. Justin practices medicine in various community-oriented ways, and he also researches the impacts of social isolation and loneliness on physical health. In this powerful episode, Justin shares surprising statistics before giving enlightening advice on how we can all start neighboring for health!
Season 2 of The Neighbor Next Door is here!
Our hosts, Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matthew Johnson, are back on the front porch to introduce Season 2 and give a sneak peek of the episodes to come. In this episode, Adam and Matt summarize Season 1 of The Neighbor Next Door before revealing the theme for Season 2 and previewing the episodes to come.
This episode is perfect for both first-time listeners and seasoned listeners, so grab a chair and something cold to drink, and join us on the front porch for Season 2 of The Neighbor Next Door!
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Reacquaint yourself with an old acquaintance.
In the original posting of this blog, we accidentally "corrected" the spelling of neighbour to neighbor. Our apologies to our guest blogger. We have since corrected our error to the more correct spelling. ;-)
Is there a neighbor you have talked to in the past, but eventually lost touch with? This week,…Read More
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Take a walk in your neighborhood and collect trash.
Welcome to a new day, and welcome to June!
This week’s neighboring tip comes to us from Neighboring Movement co-founder Matt Johnson, but he borrowed the tip from his mom, Glenna, so we give her the credit (for a great idea and for a clean neighborhood).
Glenna began taking walks around her neighborhood a few years ago, and upon doing this,…Read More
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Help develop your love for your neighborhood by writing down 3 things each day that you like about your neighborhood.
Greetings friends! Can you believe June is almost upon us?
After reading this week’s tip, you may be asking yourself,…Read More
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Have a spring block party.
Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and the weather is warming up; it’s the perfect time to throw a block party! You may think a gathering like this takes a lot of work and planning, but it doesn’t have to! There are only 3 rules for hosting a block party:…Read More
Neighboring Tip of the Week - Form a dinner group and eat at a local restaurant.
Greetings neighbors, near and far!
Do you remember the tip from a couple months ago where we encouraged you to support a local business that is something other than a restaurant?…Read More