Neighborhood Opportunity Network

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Reciprocity

Posted by frankieblackburn on May 30, 2009

What does this word and concept mean to you? How does it apply to the Neighbors Campaign?

I recently attended the 2009 Creating Space gathering of the Leadership Learning Community held in Oakland, California where I reunited with my colleagues Bill Traynor from Lawrence Community Works and Judith Rosenberg, formerly with TEAMS in the Bay area.  In opening remarks, Bill suggested that the essence of effective community building – or network-centric organizing – is the Ethic of Reciprocity.  Judith later convened a group of about ten participants, posing the question – how do we get thousands in the game….the game of advancing this concept of network building based on reciprocity?

You will hear lots more from me about reciprocity as the campaign unfolds, but take a moment to listen to Bill and Judith tell the story of the magical moment that unfolded as ten strangers quickly agreed on the core principal of reciprocity.  (You can hear Bill’s full remarks on the Ethic of Reciprocity here)

And – you can hear each of the ten participants comment on Reciprocity – in four words or less…

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