Introduction to Neighboring 101 - 2023

  • Zoom


Being an active and engaged neighboring can help people, organizations, and communities to expand participation while respecting differences and embracing the diversity that makes communities vibrant places to live, work, and play.

In these monthly zoom classes we will look at the science and art of neighboring by highlighting examples across the nation where it is being done well. Guests over the past three years of this program have included neighborhood award winners, practitioners, authors and researchers.

Join host David Burton for this live zoom presentation and question and answer session. Individuals who register now also receive a link to all past class videos (starting in 2021). These exclusive class videos are only available to individuals that register.

Planned session topics include (All sessions start at 12 PM and run until 1  PM):

January 19, 2023 - Representatives of the City of Arvada, CO, Peoria, AZ and Excelsior Springs, MO will be our special guests as they share about their citywide neighboring initiatives.

February 16, 2023 - Peter Lovenheim is a journalist and author of "In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time."

March 16, 2023 - Maxwell King is the former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and  the author of the New York Times-bestselling Mister Rogers biography "The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers."

April 20, 2023 - Melody Warnick, author of "This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live."

May 18, 2023 - Majora Carter is the author of the 2022 nationally acclaimed book, "Reclaiming Your Community: You Don’t Have to Move Out of Your Neighborhood to Live In a Better One." In her book she shows how brain drain cripples low-status communities and maps out a development strategy focused on talent retention to help them break out of economic stagnation. 

June 15 -- Discover the gifts all around you — the individual gifts you and your neighbors bring to the table and the gifts that exist in your neighborhood and the community around you.

July 20 -- Imagine the Possibilities for your neighborhood. You will assess the well-being of your neighborhood using the Neighborhood Well-being Survey and the Well-being Window Assessment.

August 17 -- Pursue the Common Good by working toward one possibility. Using the gifts of your neighbors and neighborhood, you will work together to carry out a plan that helps improve the well-being of your neighborhood.

September 21 - National Good Neighbor Day and Missouri Good Neighbor Week. We want to hear and celebrate your plans and help others develop a strategy for celebrating these two events.

October 19 - Don Everts, author of the "Discovering Your Gifts" and other articles related to neighboring and Asset-Based Community Development.

November 16 - TBA

December 21 - You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. A FEMA provided training perfect for neighbors. Completition certificates available for this FEMA training.


Neighboring 101 is the entry point to the Becoming an Engaged Neighbor program, which is unlike any program nationally. Drawing upon the resources of the University of Missouri, we offer a network empowered by research-based education, trained and passionate individuals, and community-minded organizations to create neighborhoods that are clean, safe and friendly. Nothing benefits Missouri communities more than connecting neighbors, growing social capital and creating a sense of belonging among residents of Missouri communities, both rural and urban.

 But Neighboring 101 is not just for residents of Missouri. Any individual that enrolls in Neighboring 101 will receive:

  • Exclusive access to the monthly online class;
  • A monthly digital newsletter focused on neighboring;
  • Regular office hours to access David Burton for neighborhood coaching;
  • Resources for bringing Missouri Good Neighbor Week to your town;
  • Notice of other related classes like the Neighborhood Leadership Academy; and
  • The joy of being part of a growing network of engaged neighbors.


Starting in 2023, registration is necessary to receive the zoom link for the class.

Register anytime in 2023 to begin getting meeting notices and recordings of past classes.

You will remain registered as long as the class continues.

Cost: $25

Contact: David Burton, [email protected], 417-881-8909

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