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!
SoCe Life Blog
A journey to abundance, one day at a time.
Friday night, Catherine and I invited a few neighbors to get together to share food and a few songs. This is something Catherine and I have done once before. We keep it simple by baking a few frozen pizzas and then handing out our folk-music songbooks so everyone can sing along. In the midst of all of it there is space for people to share what is going on in life and also space to tell stories from older chapters of our lives. That night I realized…Read More
Friends! Season 1 is wrapping up and we pulled out all the stops! We invited the other co-founders of the Neighboring Movement, Ashley Barlow-Thompson and Catherine Johnson to join us on the front porch for their reflections on season 1. It was a riotous time with surprising compliments and plenty of burns! Grab a chair and join us for this conversation!
P.S. Stay tuned for season 2.
We love hearing from folks who are neighboring where they live. We recently got an e-mail from a friend in Canada who shared this wonderful observation:
“What I love about neighbouring is you can often experience different cultures from the comfort of your own street! It's very affordable and you don't need a passport. The other day I was walking with my daughter andRead More
In episode 5 we talk with Judy Bennett, a Neighborhood Animator in the Hilltop Neighborhood. She got tired of staying inside watching TV and decided to take action by reaching out to her neighbors and neighborhood. The results have been life-changing.Read More
We are proud to introduce our new podcast, “The Neighbor Next Door.” This is a podcast where we interview awesome neighbors to learn from them and be inspired by them. We also share neighboring tips along with the stories behind those tips. And sometimes we play folk music!
You can subscribe to our podcast (which will be coming out weekly for the first season) through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. There are other podcasts called “The Neighbor Next Door” so be sure to look for our faces as pictured below.
And be sure to spread the word!
I have really been fascinated lately by the idea that change occurs through small, persistent actions—not grandiose, heroic actions. Then I came across this quote from Seth Godin: “That’s how the world changes. By drips. Persistent, generous, tiny drips.” You can find Seth’s full post here.Read More
We recently met with a group of 9 churches who have been working through our curriculum on neighboring. Back in the fall, they started, at various levels of engagement, introducing neighboring to their congregations. As they worked through the material we realized an important truth....Neighboring is Hard.Read More
We love sharing stories of how neighboring can change lives and neighborhoods. Here is a post from a friend that beautiful illustrates what neighboring can do!
It's been cold and gray for weeks here. No snow to speak of, but too wintry to want to be outside. I haven't seen much of my neighbors and the neighborhood has been unusually quiet. I spent some time thinking about the people on my street, especially...Read More
Last week, I visited some neighboring friends in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They shared about their fall block party. “Do you know what the most common comment was? Many of the neighbors who came said, ‘Why haven’t we done this before? We need to do this more often!’” They are planning another block get-together for January.Read More
I sat down to write a blog about the week, thinking I didn't really have anything to share. However, as I reflected on the week, I realized that I have gotten to interact with four neighbors on my block and one SoCe office neighbor. That seems like a good week! And it's only Friday!Read More
Recently, I was sharing with a group of folks about the Neighboring Movement and some of the impacts of getting to know our neighbors. After my presentation I had two people share with me their experiences of neighboring.Read More
On Tuesday evening friends from inside and outside SoCe gathered at the SoCe Life office to share a meal and to share stories of abundance and neighboring that they have experienced. I would describe the tone of the evening with two words: contagious joy!Read More
At SoCe Life we have lots of partners. They are great people from all over the country who are committed to actually put neighboring to the test. Below is a post from Rev. Lora Andrews of Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield about a group she is leading in a neighboring initiative.
One week. That is how long it takes for a group of people to be more mindful of the people next door and take steps to get to know their neighbors.Read More
Had some extra soup last night, so I shared it with my neighbor, which led to a good conversation. Yea Neighboring!
What: Join the Neighboring Movement
When: Every Sunday we will post a suggestion for a neighboring experiment for you to complete during the following week.
Where: In YOUR neighborhood (the 10-15 front doors closest to yours)
We invite you to partner with us for a year of weekly neighboring experiments and we hope you will share your experiences with us.
I love hearing stories of neighbors being neighborly. I find it very encouraging. One such story came to me this week as I was visiting with our Block Connector, Jonathan (not his real name). Jonathan had recently helped his neighbors move from one house to another...Read More