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Jack Pransky
Jack Pransky
Sociologist & Consultant

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A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond:
An Inside-Out Model of Prevention and Resiliency in Action

by Jack Pransky


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Modello is the true story from beginning to end of how Dr. Roger Mills and staff accomplished the “miracle” in the Modello and Homestead Gardens Housing Projects, applying the Three Principles/Health Realization approach based on a new spiritual psychology. Through extensive interviews with residents as well as Dr. Mills, his staff and other professionals, a very compelling and moving portrait is painted of how two low-income, inner-city housing projects replete with violence, crack, drug gangs, abuse, welfare dependency and hopelessness were completely turned around within two-and-a-half years. This book shows how people who lived in the most difficult circumstances were reached, came to find hope and changed their lives. “In all my years in prevention I have never seen this level of change in people!” It is a truly inspirational story. The lives of people on whom society has given up were completely turned around. At the same time it is a sociological study. It shows how a new and different inside-out, spiritual paradigm, which on the surface seems too simple and backwards to possibly work in such overwhelming conditions, can produce incredible results and create changes in people’s lives that stand head and shoulders above the traditional outside-in paradigm for prevention, human services, social work, community development and education. It has vast implications for improving humanity’s social ills.

Reader Reviews

Modello is a compelling, inspiring and true story of what is possible when people learn to access their inner wisdom and human potential through an understanding of The Three Principles. Modello shows us unequivocally that when people are armed with even a glimpse of the power and promise of The Principles, their self-esteem, well-being and common sense can rise to levels that enable them to transform even the most dire circumstances. In this book, Jack Pransky - one of the very best of the Three Principles authors - gives us an invaluable gift that is a beacon for a troubled world. He articulates clearly the "inside-out" approach used at Modello, and shows us how it touches one person - one heart - at a time until these simple truths produce profound change. After reading his true account of the miracle at Modello, the reader is compelled to imagine the infinite possibilities that exist for this approach in our families, communities, schools, hospitals, jails, government agencies and businesses.
- Don Donovan, Business Executive

About the Author

Jack Pransky, Ph.D. is founder/director of the Center for Inside-Out Understanding. He authored the books, Somebody Should Have Told Us!: Simple Truths for Living Well, Parenting from the Heart, Prevention from the Inside-Out; Prevention: The Critical Need and co-authored Healthy Thinking/ Feeling/Doing from the Inside-Out prevention curriculum for middle school students. Pransky has worked in the field of prevention since 1968 in a wide variety of capacities and now provides consultation, training, counseling and coaching from the inside-out, throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is also cofounder/director of the nonprofit consulting organization, Prevention Unlimited, which created the Spirituality of Prevention Conference. In 2001 his book, Modello received the Martin Luther King Storyteller’s Award for the book best exemplifying King’s vision of “the beloved community,” and in 2004 Jack won the Vermont Prevention Pioneer’s Award. Jack can be contacted through his website at

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