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Community (Large Print)
The Structure of Belonging
by Peter Block
Publisher Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Published on: 24 February 2009
Categories Business & Economics
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Our Price: US$30.99

Volume(s): 1
Format Details: 16pt, Verdana
ISBN(s): 9781442964846
Editorial Reviews

• “…compelling book…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, and author of Joy at Work
• “…Outstanding in its relevance, practicality, and clarity.” —Angeles Arrien, PhD, author of The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
• “…wonderfully practical book…” —John McKnight, Professor, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

About the Book
This book is written to support those who care for the well-being of their community. It is for anyone who wants to be part of creating an organization, neighborhood, city, or country that works for all, and who has the faith and the energy to create such a place. I am one of those people. Whenever I am in a neighborhood or small town and see empty storefronts, watch people floating aimlessly on the sidewalks during school or working hours, pass by housing projects, or read about crime, poverty, or a poor environment in the places where our children and our brothers and sisters live, I am distressed and anguished. It has become impossible for me to ignore the fact that the world we are creating does not come close to fulfilling its promise. Along with this distress comes the knowledge that each of us, myself included, is participating in creating this world. If it is true that we are creating this world, then each of us has the power to heal its woundedness. This is not about guilt, it is about accountability. Citizens, in their capacity to come together and choose to be accountable, are our best shot at making a difference. This book is for all who are willing to take a leadership role that affirms the conviction that without a willingness to be accountable for our part in creating a strong and connected community, our desire to reduce suffering and increase happiness in the world becomes infinitely more difficult to fulfill. It is also based on the belief that in some way the vitality and connectedness of our communities will determine the strength of our democracy.
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