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New Village Press

For a long time, we radicals thought that it was only the necessary that was important, that change had to come out of necessity. The idea of possibility is so much more complex, so much richer. The possible demands most of us, demands our creativity, demands our imagination.
~ Grace Lee Boggs

New Village Press, the publishing arm of ADPSR, specializes in books about urban ecology, community-based arts, environmental and social justice, and citizen-initiated activism. New Village brings the world inspiration and practical ideas for building healthy, just communities and vibrant cultures. We are commited to creating inclusive, sustainable, and joyful environments through our publications.

New Village Press is the first publisher to serve the fields of grassroots community building and community cultural development. Our titles provide design professionals, cultural workers, artists, community development practitioners, educators, scholars, and citizens at large with a deeper understanding of critical issues, and with noteworthy models of inventiveness emerging from self-organizing communities. We specialize in works that encourage new and better-informed connections among groups coming from disparate sectors—between academics and citizen activists or between artists and city planners, to name a few examples. Our books bring the classroom into the community, and provide a forum for authors and readers to explore creative solutions to seemingly intractable social, environmental, and economic problems.  

Our latest titles:

Building Together: Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building

by Roger Katan with Ron Shiffman

Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty

by Anne Herbert and M. Paloma Pavel, illustrated by Mayumi Oda


From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit
edited by Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires


Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
by Mindy Thompson Fullilove


Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Spaces
edited by Ron Shiffman, Rick Bell, Lance Jay Brown, and Lynne Elizabeth with Anastassia Fisyak and Anusha Venkataraman


Take a look at some of our other titles!


Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundaries
edited by Tom Angotti, Cheryl Doble and Paula Horrigan

Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflictedited by Cynthia E. Cohen, Roberto GutiƩrrez Varea, and Polly O. Walker


Volume I: Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence


Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities


Awakening Creativity
by Lily Yeh

A2E_front_cover_web.jpgAsphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
by Sharon Gamson Danks


American Tensions
edited by William Reichard