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Tom O’Brien

Become a Peaceful Warrior

Where do we go from here? After the news of the killings of three women in East Cleveland in July, many are wondering, “Where do we go from here?” Neighborhood Connections' Tom O’Brien shares his ideas about what comes next. We need to turn our anger and sadness into action. But we can’t do this alone. We need to come together to build the “beloved community” as Martin Luther King Jr. said. Together,.
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Building Abundant Neighborhoods

Over the last few months, Neighborhood Connections organized three book groups as part of our 10th anniversary celebration. Each group met three times to share thoughts and have fun. One group met on Monday night, one on Thursday mornings, and one met on Friday afternoons. We all read “Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods” by John McKnight and Peter Block. The book contrasts.
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Opening Up to Possibilities …

Neighborhood Connections recently started hosting monthly community gatherings called Network Nights. Tom O'Brien, program director at Neighborhood Connections, writes here about his experience at last week's Network Night.  When we moved into small groups last Thursday, I joined the discussion about youth. My purpose was to listen, ask questions, and participate. I did not facilitate. Normally, discussions about youth are the last ones I participate in. My experience.
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Need Hope? Let’s Come Together to Change the Community

Neighborhood Connections is starting exciting and innovative work in the Greater University Circle area. Check out this video from our kick-off event earlier this year and read on for the first regular column from program director Tom O'Brien. All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are.
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Neighborhood Connections Kicks-Off our 10 Anniversary Celebration Year

Neighborhood Connections is preparing to celebrate its upcoming 10th Anniversary during 2013. We want to include as many people as possible as the year unrolls. During our celebration year we will expand the network of grassroots leaders, bridge divides, and gather people together in new ways. To kick things off we gathered 70 neighborhood leaders on September 29th for Connecting for Community (C4C), a daylong experience of community building.
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