Howard Lawrence is an ordained minister, neighborhood consultant, active volunteer with Edmonton’s Highlands neighbourhood leadership and is currently spearheading The City of Edmonton’s, Abundant Community Initiative. 

“The work of the Abundant Community Initiative is vital to the well-being of our cities. Every city is
concerned about our health, children, safety, the land, the local economy and those on the margins.
Government policies and social services are at their limits. The next wave of impact will come from
citizens connected to their neighbors engaged in bringing their gifts and humanity to each other. This
social capital is what keeps us healthy, what raises our children, holds us safe and keeps dollars
circulating locally. Every health care worker, educator, police chief and economist that is paying
attention knows this is true. That is why citizen engagement is on all their agendas.” -Peter Block

“The international leader in creating new methods for organizing local neighbors for productive work is the Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton Canada. Its’ leader, Howard Lawrence, has envisioned and implemented an amazing process of local community revitalization. His methods begin with the premise that local residents have skills, abilities, and knowledge that they are willing to contribute to improving their neighborhood. This requires serious door-to-door conversations focused on what people are prepared to contribute rather than what complaints they have. Howard’s initiative is developing systematic processes of productive neighboring that can be adapted in neighborhoods across North America.” -John McKnight, Asset Based Community Development Institute

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