5 Oct, 2023

Fragile Neighborhoods

with Shawn Duncan & Seth Kaplan
Season 2,
  Episode 9
Place Matters
Place Matters
Fragile Neighborhoods

There are a lot of great books, articles, and maps about the impact that place and neighborhood can have on life outcomes. An area that is lacking, however, is the crucial role that social-relational connections plays in repairing the fabric of a place. For this final episode of our series on Neighborhood Engagement, we are excited to share with you a conversation between Shawn Duncan, David Park, and special guest Seth Kaplan – author, lecturer, and leading expert on fragile states. His new book, Fragile Neighborhoods, publishes on October 17.

Show notes

Shawn Duncan, Director of The Lupton Center
Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of FCS’s Training and Consulting Division, The Lupton Center. Shawn comes to FCS from the nonprofit leadership sector with research and writing focused on pedagogies for social impact. In his previous careers he has focused on multi-sector coalition building for community impact, content and curriculum design, group facilitation, leadership development, and immigration reform advocacy. As the leader of The Lupton Center team, Shawn brings a visionary voice for innovation, a strategic mind for resource development, and the leadership acumen to support and equip the team for success. He loves being a part of a mission-driven team that finds joy in one another while doing such important work.

David Park, Lead Trainer and Consultant
David Park is a Lead Trainer and Consultant with The Lupton Center. David comes to FCS with over a decade of experience as a local church pastor in a community development setting where he collaborated with and advised many nonprofit organizations to impact local communities. David also brings a variety of experience to this work as an entrepreneur, creative, and affordable housing advocate and investor. As a member of FCS’s Training and Consulting Team, David brings a unique blend of strategic thinking, facilitating, and compassion to the work of community building. He loves being a part of a diverse team that practices and seeks to grow personal and collective wholeness.

Seth D. Kaplan, Author of Fragile Neighborhoods
Seth D. Kaplan is a leading expert on fragile states. He is a Professorial Lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Senior Adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), and consultant to multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and OECD as well as developing country governments and NGOs. You can pre-order his new book, Fragile Neighborhoods, today, prior to its release on October 17.


Special thanks to our podcast editor, Tim Rhodes, for making this episode possible. If you are interested in working with Tim, you can contact him via email at tim@whistlingblue.com, or through his website, whistlingblue.com. If you have questions, feedback, or wish to contact us, please email Bekah Klein at bekah@fcsministries.org.