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Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age Kindle Edition
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Sounding the Drum is a book about life. Gosselin writes of four stages we go through over and over. We begin by adhering to social conventions (Gosselin's pseudo-community). Eventually, masks dissolve and we teeter into the confusion of who-am-I-really? (chaos). Eventually, we may reach the absence of judgment (emptiness). And from there, we are finally able to feel genuine connection (community).
In the final chapter, Gosselin applies the idea of community to the challenges facing the world today, right up to and including the recent divisive election in the United States. Whether you want to build a strong community of a few friends or an entire nation, or whether you want to enhance your understanding of your own psyche and personal relationships, I highly recommend Sounding the Drum. It is a thought-provoking book for our times.
Lori is also a speaker, and knowledgeable readers will detect the speaker's ability to focus on essentials and then support/prove/illustrate those points with solid examples. She draws on experiences spanning her life and then uses them to relate to universal experience. After all, who of us hasn't hesitated to reveal our authentic selves for fear of rejection? But when she, for instance, relates it to showing up at a high school reunion and feeling exactly the way you felt back in high school, she really brings the feeling home.
Though this book gives the 20,000-foot view, including effectively defining what we even mean by "community," Lori also shares plenty of feet-on-the-ground advice and techniques for forming and fostering community, always within the framework of the tools she has detected early in the book and the seven pillars of community. The newcomer to community building will get a solid foundation, and the experienced community builder will find a useful framework as well as some new tools for the toolbox.
In addition to the chapters on different aspects of community building, the appendix was brilliant in giving an outline of how to build different tpes of communities. The author walks you step by step on how to build online communities, book clubs, parent communities and neighborhood communities.
The timing of this book could not have been better. Communities sounds like the solution we need in our lives, in our cities and in our politics today. The author makes a powerful point that communities can be the basis of personal transformation AND a peaceful social revolution.