Community: The Structure of Belonging (2020)

Community: The Structure of Belonging Peter Block Community The Structure of Belonging Modern society is plagued by fragmentation The various sectors of our communities businesses schools social service organizations churches government do not work together They exist in their own w
  • Title: Community: The Structure of Belonging
  • Author: Peter Block
  • ISBN: 9781576754870
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
Community: The Structure of Belonging Peter Block Modern society is plagued by fragmentation The various sectors of our communities businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government do not work together They exist in their own worlds As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost This disconnection aModern society is plagued by fragmentation The various sectors of our communities businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government do not work together They exist in their own worlds As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together We know what healthy communities look like there are many success stories out there, and they ve been described in detail What 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 He 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.
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  1. Kristine Morris

    I have read and used Peter Block s book Flawless Consulting over the years and the epiphany it gave me when I first read it and one I like to think I strive towards is the concept of being authentic Authenticity, vulnerability and compassion are big topics these days Go to You Tube and search for Br n Brown and Karen Armstrong Block shifts the conversation that is normally aimed at the individual to that of the community In the last chapter, Block writes that he has lived on the margin much of h [...]

  2. Philippe

    Two years ago I read this book for the first time and I keep returning to it The questions it addresses are important How does positive change take place in a complex social system How is a collective created and transformed It is our custom to look at the life of organizations through the prism of problems and frictions Our gaze is diagnostic, wants to understand what goes wrong in order to provide a remedy And these remedies are often formulaic and lifeless and fail to live up to their promise [...]

  3. Matthew

    Whoof This is a sociology text for jargon slinging academics and professional community builders Ironically, in a book where the asking or giving of advice is cautioned against, and speaking from a place of professionalism down to the consumerist audience is sneered at, we have a book that does exactly that No practical ideas are offered aside from a few bizarre tips on what sort of chair to use in community meetings , and there is only context that the author works from a group of concerned cit [...]

  4. Vicki

    I had to read this book for class, and thus had something to which I needed to connect its contents libraries I think you do need an anchor for yourself while reading this book A lot of the language is sort of out there Somebody called it academic I sort of feel like it s sort of new ageish, or progressive psychologistish You know what I mean But there are some good things in here You have to be patient, and stick with it, but there are lots of good ideas about getting unstuck Or reasons why we [...]

  5. Susan

    Read this for a pastoral leadership conference in which Peter Block was a facilitator Block references a number of sociologists theory and melds it into a helpful guide This book is part manual part string of inspirational stories It s full of great questions and is a quick read The thesis is a helpful interpretation bridging the academy with the world nuggets for promoting meaningful civic engagement.

  6. Kathrina

    First half of the book really transformed my thinking extremely useful for all people concerned with community engagement.

  7. Kristy

    Interesting ideas some of this is great, but the book comes from a very specific point of view that can sometimes feel alienating I think the advice is sound, though Definitely worth reading.

  8. Paul Goble

    This book strikes me as covertly religious addressing religious topics such as human suffering, transformation, personal fulfillment, and relational imperatives, all from a perspective which is superficially compatible with but fundamentally contrary to my own Christianity The book is based on the philosophical underpinnings of Werner Erhard, the founder of Est, the Forum, and Landmark Education In the book, Block promotes the idea that human action can fulfill longings and eliminate suffering c [...]

  9. Susan (aka Just My Op)

    I read this nonfiction book as part of Pikes Peak Library District s All Pikes Peak Reads program, and thought it would be interesting to me as a former leader of a small nonprofit community organization The book did have some good ideas about a different approach to creating better communities Leaders need to change their roles, we need to stop looking at our communities as just problems to be solved, responsibility, accountability, and commitment have new nuances, and this book proposes a gene [...]

  10. Elizabeth

    c2008 from the library this somedaygwmostly landmark speakpossibly useful with Landmark influenced people to broaden their horizenWelcome Introduction The Fragmented Community and Its Transformation Part One The Fabric of Community Insights into transformation Shifting the Context for Community The Stuck Community The Restorative Community Taking Back Our Projections What It Means to a Citizen The Transforming Community Part Two The Alchemy of Belonging Leadership Is Convening The Small Group Is [...]

  11. Izetta Autumn

    Overall, I found this book helpful, though at times it was a little too theory focused for me I went into my reading, hoping to walk away with clear strategies instead I have quotes and ideas, but also feel somewhat disappointed that at a certain point, its all too lofty to a really feel connected and b offered few real suggestions The book was also in need of a good trimming it didn t need to be as long as it was.The appendix, as it happens, turned out to have some helpful resources And for tho [...]

  12. Alissa

    Four stars for content, three stars for style This was not the easiest to start, but once I got through the first chapter or two I thought this was a pretty great and actionable primer on how to build restorative community around change Lots of discussion on how to elevate marginalized voices, working from a place of strength rather than needs, and also really practical tips on how to set up a meeting space to facilitate conversation I m really looking forward to using some of this in my work, a [...]

  13. Chrissie

    I can t say enough good things about this book I began reading it because I have been drawn lately to concepts surrounding community I can say that it exceeded my expectations because it gets you thinking in a different way and looks at community from a non traditional perspective although I think one could argue what non traditional means as I feel this book goes back to community concepts that have been lost over the ages I also loved that it provided a very refreshing perspective on leadershi [...]

  14. Randy

    A very interesting book I plan on using many of the techniques and approaches in an upcoming theater project.

  15. Frank

    For author Peter Block, Community is about the experience of belonging His goal in writing is to give tools to anyone who wants to transform communities and systems in order to foster a sense of ownership and accountability He is clear that this is about through a different mindset and is guided by provocative questions For example, ask why an organization is not naturally moving in a desirable direction and then take modest steps that shape the relationships which are affecting the system Noti [...]

  16. Tom

    I find this to be a really difficult book to review There s no question that I found this book to be powerful, provocative and inspiring The author has an unshakeable faith in the power of communities of ordinary people to affect change I read the book with a highlighter in hand, so I could underline passages like, A community gathering doesn t spend time talking about people who are not in the room.And,When people speak in a large group they need to be acknowledged for the courage it took to sp [...]

  17. Amanda

    This book was very recently recommended by a colleague and perfectly timed for work I m doing related to my dissertation project which, if described in the broadest terms, is about community driven social norms change Of late, I have been exploring notions of citizenship and mechanisms for collective agency, and Peter Block s writings are a thoughtful addition to this conversation Most compelling is his definition of what a citizen is, he states a citizen is one who is willing to be accountable [...]

  18. Catherine

    This book is like a gateway into thinking about community organizing The strongest takeaway for me was the idea that the role of a leader is to act as a convener This is instead of the iron fisted strong leader who makes hard decisions I ve since noticed around me all sort of apathy that results from strong leaders But leaders unwilling to genuinely include and listen to the community and guide them to creating their own action plans are not good either To convene you must be near flawless in yo [...]

  19. Alex Lee

    Because of the nature of how we organize using money as a material group think, along with the economic apparatuses community is destroy Each individual is expected to be oriented to a hierarchical source as in all eyes on stage So the lateral conversations that determine a sense of belonging, a sense of diversity coming together are no longer fostered by our incentive agency Peter Block presents this book not as a critique of the technical apparatuses that govern peoples living and political co [...]

  20. Lyndon

    Block does a decent job of opening a way for communities of all stripes to discover a different path than that proposed through the common wisdom of market economics and the logic of modern management that privileges efficiency, effectiveness, and predictability as the hallmarks of a properly organized community His use of the principles and practices of restorative justice is key in setting this work as a constructive project that aims to introduce would be community organizers and established [...]

  21. Drick

    This is an excellent theoretical overview of how a neighborhood group or an organization can build true community among the people in their group His theory revolves around 6 conversations that need to happen and he is careful to stress the importance of language There are so many gems I have taken from this book for leadership, community organizing, leadership training and teaching If there is one criticism I have is that he writes somewhat as a professional consultant, and my experience with c [...]

  22. James

    We should focus on possibility rather than problems Yeah, message received I was so thoroughly saturated with it by page 100 that I had to force myself to keep reading through to the end For all the author s insistence that we focus on possibility, he clearly sees how we live as an enormous problem that few have any insight into, except him, of course I definitely agree that leaders work is to engage people to become involved in creating change and stay out of the way as much as possible And alt [...]

  23. Howard

    I think that there is a lot of genuine, practical wisdom delivered by the author, but for reasons that I m struggling with, it did not translate well into audiobook format Or, that is what I m telling myself.One of several annoyances that I encountered having to do with style rather than actual content was that as the author referenced back up and support for a given position, he felt compelled to name those sources in the body of the content, rather than perhaps referencing the work separately [...]

  24. Tonya

    Well, I spend a great deal of my work Facilitating groups of people through various types of journeys Mostly business Strategic Planning, Organizational Design and Development This book was a refreshing look at the human side of facilitating significant community change Coming from Peter Block, whom I regard as an expert in consulting and working with organizations, this was inspiring I found much in this book I will use in my work and continue to explore creating communities of belonging I also [...]

  25. Michael Pierce

    Restorative community is created when we allow ourselves to use the language of healing and relatedness and belonging without embarrassment First off, I believe everything that Peter Block says, so it shouldn t come as a surprise that though it took a long time for me to read this, finally over the last few days I just jumped in and devoured it Lots of ideas for inviting diverse folks to the table to change lives Block has the courage to shoot down current trendy thoughts on leadership and visio [...]

  26. Silas White

    A lot of useful messages in this book, but I found the language Block purposefully uses to be too subdued and neutral Ironically, he advocates that language itself is integral to change but I find his own interpretation of this to render language lifeless He does manage to successfully stay away from business lingo, hyperbole, humour, academic language, storytelling the only examples he provides are really dry and the result is, unsurprisingly, flat The best parts are when he accidentally busts [...]

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