Author Archives Tim Essenburg

  • (Part 4 of 4) The first three parts in the series introduced the concept of community development, assets or capitals (importantly social capital), and alliances. We can now bring these together in a four-level framework offered by Ferguson and Stoutland. Level one are the grassroots organizations without paid staff. A block club is a good […]

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  • (Part 3 of 4) In Part 2 you may recall that I introduced five different assets or capitals, the last of which was social capital, defined as the “norms, shared understandings, trust, and other factors that make relationships feasible and productive,” where productive is thought of in terms of “education, economic opportunity, and social mobility,” […]

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  • (Part 2 of 4) Part 1 of this series introduced the idea of focusing on assets rather than liabilities when doing community development. This begs the question, “What is community development?” Community refers to a contiguous geographic space and the residents of that space. East Phillips, a community, is located inside an ecology of social […]

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  • (Part 1 of 4) Joani and I were raised in the middle and upper-middle socioeconomic class. Because of this, the overwhelming impression after year one of living in East Phillips was that “everything is broken”— windows, cars, homes, streets, sidewalks, relationships, schools, employment, furniture, attitudes, policing. We were overwhelmed with the liabilities we saw, so […]

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  •     Banyan Is an Institution that Lives Out Hope in A Low-Income Neighborhood Called Phillips*     Banyan Dinner Church of St. Edwards, Bloomington Sunday October 13, 2013 Tim Essenburg—Co-Founder of Banyan and Professor of Economics at Bethel University *This is a longer version than what was given at the dinner itself.                                                                                                                                                        […]

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  • Welcome to the Banyan Blog, an urban space for central city neighborhood views. You may or may not resonate with these views, but you are sure to be forced to think. And that is a good thing, especially if it leads to affective and behavioral change for the better! I’m writing a book, tentatively titled […]

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