John L. McKnight

Abundant Community

John 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. For more than four decades, his research has 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.

As a result of a national study of local neighborhood initiatives, McKnight and his long-time colleague, Jody Kretzmann, created the Asset-Based Community Development strategy for community building. Together, they co-authored the basic guide to asset-based community development, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Identifying and Mobilizing a Community's Assets. This book has become one of the nation's best-selling guides to community development, and the methods it outlines are now utilized worldwide. McKnight is also author of The Careless Society: Community and its Counterfeits and, together with co-author Peter Block, The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods.