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Community: A Bridges & Pathways Common Read

Resource guide for the 2019-2020 Bridges & Pathways common read, Community: The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block

Introduction

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 ways 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.
 
“My intent” he writes, “is to provide structural ways to create the experience of belonging, not just in those places where people come to be together socially, but especially in places where we least expect it. This includes those places where people come together to get something done. These are our meetings, dialogues, conferences, planning processes––all those occasions where we gather to reflect on and decide the kind of future we want for ourselves.”
 
Citizens have the power to change the community story and bring a new context into being.
 
Block shows us how we can overcome isolation and anxiety and create communities alive with energy and possibility.