Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Join internationally recognized community builder and urban change agent John L. McKnight in an examination of opportunities associated with working with communities on the local, statewide, and global level.
McKnight is co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and Professor Emeritus of Communications Studies and Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University where his research focused on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organization, neighborhood policy and the incorporation of labeled people into community life.
McKnight’s current research focuses on developing new tools to enhance the productive powers of families, neighbors and neighborhoods; identifying the specific gifts, skills, passions and teachable knowledge of residents at the block level; and developing a method for neighborhood planning that is based on resident ideas for local improvement and that mobilizes these residents’ productive capacities for implementing their own ideas.
Sponsored by the Office for Public Engagement and Institute for Advanced Study this symposium will feature panelists from throughout the University of Minnesota system including Kelly Asche, program coordinator for the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota Morris, and Neeraj Mehta, director of community-based research for the University's Center for Urban and Regional Development.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.