Article: John Deere and the Bereavement Counselor


Author: Dr. David Blumenkrantz

This well-known parable is a marvelous beginning to McKnight’s important contribution to community organizing and how we are becoming a care less society. The story illustrates the inadequacy of programs and professional services developed and delivered from people outside of a community in solving the problems of living in a complex world.

Written by John L. McKnight, The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits. Basic books publishers. New York. 1995.

Permission to share was granted to The Center for Youth & Community, who has agreed to make it available through the PERMIE KIDs website.

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