Community by Peter BlockThe expanded and revised edition of Community tackles the hysteric rise of isolation and fear in a digitally interconnected world. As a response to the increasing violence in our culture, the widening ideological divides, and the growing gap in economic well-being, there is greater awareness that a deeper sense of community is desperately needed. But even as we acknowledge the need & to build community, the dominant on-the-ground practices about how to engage people, civically and organizationally, remain essentially unchanged. We still believe community is built with better messaging, more persuasion, and social events for people to get to know each other better. All of which is naïve. In this new edition, Block draws on a decade of putting these ideas into practice to emphasize what has worked and extract those thoughts that were nice but had no durability. He explores how technology, instead of bringing us together, has driven us into more isolation. New examples show that community building can be a more powerful way to address social problems than more traditional policies and programs. And encouragingly, Block insists this is really simple, once we decide it is essential. He offers a way of thinking that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen.
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.