In this podcast, Peter Block, a leading thinker on the power of community shares about the importance of community in Collective Healing. You will hear how the collective is instrumental in healing as it can be used to repair the cause of the pain.
Listen in as Peter reflects on how we might pursue healing within our nation, institutions, our work places and our neighborhoods. Peter asks stimulating questions, spurring us onto imagine a world with a deeper sense of collective connection.
Peter draws on the work of Jim Diers, a faculty member for the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and the author of Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way.
He also shares that he has been working on an edited version of his book, Stewardship, and it will be coming out this April.
Join Peter as he considers the opportunities for healing that will occur as we assume a mindset of abundance, rather than scarcity. Peter invites us to ponder with him: How do we come together to re-imagine how we are going to raise our children? To consider how we might support local food production? To invite those on the margins to feel connected? How do we learn to forgive?
If this call inspires you to learn more, Peter would love for you to join him, John McKnight, Angeles Arrien and many other influential thinkers at the Connecting4Community event in Cincinnati this spring.
Listen in to this enriching podcast.
Those who participated in the tele-learning call were able to ask questions and share their own experiences. Listen to these questions and ideas below.
Abundant Community - This website profile's Peter's collaborative work with John McKnight on Abundant Communities. In addition to profiling the book itself, this site also features blogs, resources, tools and other links to further this work in community.
What in the Name of Reform - Peter's most recent article in Engage! articulates the short-comings he sees with the reform paradigm and outlines an alternative model for thinking about supporting meaningful change within communities.
About the Speaker
Peter Block - Peter is a leading thinker on the power of community to create social change. He is a dynamic speaker, community leader and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a legend here at Tamarack. Peter has written many bestselling books including our two favourites: Community: The Structure of Belonging and Abundant Communities (with John McKnight). His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. His desire is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.
Peter’s work explores how to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. Peter is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Peter to build the skills outlined in his books. He also is engaged in developing a civic engagement network called A Small Group, a civic engagement network whose work is to change the narrative within and about our cities. He is also actively involved in a series of other projects – including Elementz, a Hip Hop Center for youth - that build the capacity of this urban Ohio community to value its gifts and see its own possibility.