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Praise for Peter Block's
Community: The Structure of Belonging
"From the person who gave us the best book written on business stewardship comes the best book on how to transform the places where we live, work, and play into authentic, effective communities. Some of Peter Block's conclusions may surprise you, but this compelling book is a must for all who love the places we call home enough to rethink our approach to building and maintaining community."
--Dennis Bakke, CEO, Imagine Schools, Cofounder and CEO Emeritus, AES Corporation, and author of Joy at Work
"Every earnest public servant, every volunteer, every disillusioned citizen, every civic leader, and every community activist or businessperson who truly want to make their communities better should read this book. It can serve as a guide or manual, but Community at its heart is a book of questions, and Peter gently and persistently reminds us that we are the answers."
--James Keene, President, Alliance for Innovation and Western Director, International City/County Management Association
"In this wonderfully practical book, Peter Block defines the nature of a community with manageable dimensions, creative directions, and hopeful possibilities. His methods lead us to a restoration of the joy of a genuine common life."
--John McKnight, Professor of Education and Social Policy, and Codirector, Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University
"Peter Block clearly identifies the essential ingredients, qualities, questions, atmosphere. and actions needed to create and build vital communities filled with possibility, generosity, accountability, and deep engagement. Outstanding in its relevance, practicality, and clarity."
--Angeles Arrien, PhD, cultural anthropologist and author of The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
"This book is more than practical advice on execution of theory; it is a spiritual primer for the building up of community and transforming hope that we so desperately need in today's world. Peter has touched us once again in that place we call `soul'".
--Clint Kemp, Founding Pastor, New Providence Community Church
"Peter's work has become the cornerstone of how our police department has developed over the years. What we have pleasantly discovered is that the more our capacity grows to work in partnership with each other, the more our capacity to serve our community is enhanced."
--Michael Butler, Chief of Police, Longmont, Colorado
"After being engaged for many years with transformations in the U.S., Latin America, and Africa, it is exciting to find a practical and deep methodology that integrates great ideas and points at new applications. Peter's book is critical for anyone concerned about reenergizing the quality of life in our workplaces and in our communities."
--Steve Zaffron, CEO, the Vanto Group, a Landmark Education Company
Most of our communities are fragmented and at odds within themselves. Businesses, social services, education, and health care each live within their own worlds. The same is true of individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. What keeps this from changing is that we are trapped in an old and tired conversation about who we are. If this narrative does not shift, we will never truly create a common future and work toward it together.
What Peter Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation. How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? What can individuals and formal leaders do to create a place they want to inhabit? We know what healthy communities look like--there are many success stories out there. The challenge is how to create one in our own place.
Block helps us see how we can change the existing context of community from one of deficiencies, interests, and entitlement to one of possibility, generosity, and gifts. Questions are more important than answers in this effort, which means leadership is not a matter of style or vision but is about getting the right people together in the right way: convening is a more critical skill than commanding. As he explores the nature of community and the dynamics of transformation, Block outlines six kinds of conversation that will create communal accountability and commitment and describes how we can design physical spaces and structures that will themselves foster a sense of belonging.
In Community, Peter Block explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Peter Block's book is one of the most interesting I have read in a very long time.
The list of resources in the back of the book will lead you to people and organizations that are actively involved in building communities.
While those reading this review don't know me, my recommendation: buy the book, devour it, AND use the principles in it.
Excellent book. His remarks and suggestions on transformative questions is mind-blowing.Published 11 days ago by Danie Mouton
Well written endorsement for community and bottom up organizing.Published 13 days ago by William T. Conte, Jr.
For nearly 25 years, it has been my privilege to work with community leaders as they seek enhancement of the places they live. Read morePublished 19 days ago by David L. Neidert
Excellent up to date book on a compelling subject,--about which I have studied all my life.Published 1 month ago by Howard Cort
An excellent resource for studying and understanding how communities work.Published 3 months ago by H. Douglas
This book by it's cover and rear comments just seemed so unappealing, but as I begin to read it (currently half way through), I'm realizing just how incredible this book is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tomas
A very thoughtful analysis of creating change in local communities through a process of creating belonging, restoring hope and building upon gifts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Danielle Bonetti
Used this as a textbook for a graduate class. Some of it is a little "loopy," but it did generate a fair amount of discussion from the students.Published 8 months ago by Rangers Fan
This book helps us to understand how an alternate worldview of leadership in the community can be enacted. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Phil Volkofsky