John Dempsey Parker is an independent community development consultant and organizer. For twenty years, he has worked to strengthen local economies and cultivate resilient and self-reliant community leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists.
John nurtures culturally appropriate leadership and cross-cultural collaborations, supports others in their vocation, helping them discern how to share their talents, gifts, relationships, and resources, and be advocates for a better world. He engages nonprofits, faith communities, funders, universities, entrepreneurs, tribes, and groups around their ideas, projects, plans, and initiatives.
John is a native from Moore County, North Carolina. He received a BA at Wake Forest University in anthropology, international relations, and politics, a MA in applied anthropology from the University of Memphis, a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University, and a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School.
John’s career has included directing Good Work (a community development collaborative), the Triad Regional Office of Self-Help (a community development financial institution), teaching cultural and applied anthropology, ethnographic research, and a variety of work with small businesses, nonprofits, and philanthropic organizations.
Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address: PO Box 6013, Raleigh, North Carolina 27628
John’s guiding questions:
- How do we nurture and grow cultures that cultivate and strengthen community?
- What encourages generosity, hospitality, solidarity, and empowerment?
- What nurtures healing, wellness, resilience, and self-reliance?
- How can we identify, leverage, and share our individual and collective gifts and assets in ways that are life-giving, nurture creativity, sustain diverse collaborations, and cultivate commitment to place?
- What and where are the times, spaces, and places to do this work?