Talking Values: Soulful Conversations within Community Economic Development

NACEDA's 10th Anniversary Publication

To commemorate NACEDA's 10th anniversary as an organization, the Board of Directors commissioned a publication. The result, Talking Values: Soulful Conversations within Community Economic Development, is a series of essays and responses that will provoke and prompt discussion in five topic areas important to the future of the field. 

You can download and read the full publication, or you can explore the chapters via the below table of contents, including some entries that did not make it into the printed publication. This is a living document and an ongoing conversation. If you would like to respond to an essay, please contact Jeremy Brownlee at [email protected].

Table of Contents

Sharon Legenza, Housing Action Illinois and NACEDA's 10th Anniversary Board Chair

"The Soul of Community Development" by Joe McNeely, NACEDA Board Member and 10th Anniversary Publication Chair

"Why We Must Prioritize Community Organizers' Needs" by Tamara Holmes
with responses by: Pam Bender, Danny LeBlanc, and Aaron Goodman

"Can Our Field Achieve Scale and Local Accountability?" by James A. Anderson
with responses by: Peter Cohen, Don Bianchi, and Bob Zdenek

"On Social and Racial Justice...Or Just Ask the Nice Black Lady" by Pamela Bridgeforth
with responses by: Kevin Sanada, Cara Long Corra, and Bernie Mazyck

"Has the Term Community Development Run its Course?" by Brittany Hutson
with responses by: Brian McGrain, Dave Christopolis, Jessica Love, Val Iverson, Melissa Miller, Lisa Much, Alana Perez, and Jenny Connelly-Bowen

"How Will a New Generation of Leadership Change Our Field?" by Rose Teng
with responses by: Marla Y. Newman and Jeremy Brownlee

Discussion Guide

Cathy Niederberger, Executive Vice President, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank

 This publication was made possible by the generous support of PNC Bank

 PNC Bank

With deep appreciation to Shelterforce for their guidance and partnership