52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 27

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 27

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Barbeque in the front yard instead of the back yard.

This week’s neighboring experiment is an easy one. There’s nothing to add to your schedule or anything to plan. This week, all you have to do is move your grill.

Quiz time – What is the leading feature of most homes built since the 1990’s? Any guesses?...

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Welcome to Episode 9!

Welcome to Episode 9! A few episodes ago, hosts Adam and Matt discussed the topic of social capital. In this episode, they return to the front porch to revisit the concept but this time through a different metaphor: social fabric.

We received a lot of fantastic feedback on the social capital episode, but recently, we have started using the term "social fabric", and we think the different metaphor may be a helpful way to understand the concept and think about it in different ways. In this episode, Adam and Matt define social fabric before detailing how this fabric is weaved and then how we can all weave it in order to co-create tight-knit neighborhoods. Happy weaving, and happy neighboring!

Episode 8 now available!

Things are getting personal in Episode 8, as hosts Adam and Matt are joined on the front porch by Matt's mom, Glenna Wong. Glenna is both the sweetest of moms and an incredible neighbor, so while in town for a visit, we invited her to join us on the front porch for an interview. Glenna started her neighboring adventures by simply taking her pug on a walk in her neighborhood, but the connections flourished from there. Years later, the culture of her community has been changed! The interview is heartwarming and encouraging, and we think her stories display perfectly the kind of joy and transformation that neighboring brings.

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 25

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 25

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Cook a recipe for which you are missing an ingredient and ask a neighbor for the missing item.

For those of you that struggle with the awkwardness and fear that can accompany neighboring, this week’s tip is for you. For you chatty Kathy’s out there, this week’s tip is for you. For everybody else...this week’s tip is for you, too!

Our neighboring experiment this week is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons:…

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Episode 7 has landed!

This week, we are delving into the relationship between neighboring and community health, as we are honored to be joined on the front porch by Kate Kingery. Kate works with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, and she does fascinating work! Her team of researchers studies almost every county in the United States and gives each of these counties a health ranking based on a multitude of different factors. In doing so, they utilize a very broad definition of health, and their data paints an amazing picture of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play. In this episode, we explore what sort of factors are present within healthy and unhealthy communities, how Kate's team measures these factors, and how neighboring plays a vital role in healthy communities. We hope you find this episode insightful, and if you would like to learn more about Kate's work, visit https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/. Enjoy!

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 24

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 24

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Utilize a public space in your neighborhood.

Happy Sunday, all! We hope this tip finds you well on this beautiful day.

When we talk about neighboring, we often talk about the importance of visibility. We have noticed that simply being out and about and in spaces where we can be seen by our neighbors has had an incredible impact on our neighboring. For this reason, this week’s tip is: Utilize a public space in your neighborhood. These public spaces can look like parks, splash pads, public libraries, bike trails, etc….

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Episode 6!

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!

Episode 4 Has Arrived!

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/

Buckle Up - Episode 3!

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

Episode 2 Time!

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!

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!