This tells me that the need for the experience of community, which is the collective capacity of citizens to make a difference, has only intensified.Â Even with all the ways to connect with each other, we live and function in ways that keep us isolated. Community: The Structure of Belonging (book summary) by Andy Breeding 1. This truth has become clear in the wide range of unexpected invitations I have received since the book originally was published in 2006. It goes under the name of civic engagement, community building, organizational outreach, community relations, democracy projects, cooperative movementsâall caring for the well-being of the whole. A university concerned about the safety of its students used the community-building ideas to engage its neighbors in taking collective action to make the neighborhood safer. This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together. The Rochester Health Foundation has an eight-year strategy to reduce major illnesses in the community by organizing residents in vulnerable neighborhoodsÂ to make their place better, addressing concerns that would seem to have nothing to do with major diseases. The various sectors of our communities--businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government--do not work together. Community: The structure of belonging. Without new ways to come together, this isolation will persist. 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 citizens looking to create change. Third, an expert outside research group was paid to analyze the problem. He serves on the boards of Elementz, a hip hop center for urban youth; Cincinnati Public Radio; and LivePerson. Community: The Structure of Belonging If this isolation, which is the breakdown of community, does not hold center stage, then nothing important will shift. Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (2018) Scroll down to see more content. Community: The Structure of Belonging (16pt Large Print Edition) Peter Block No preview available - 2009. Block does a great job of mixing theory and very clear practice on shifting the context of community toward possibility rather than problems. Community The Structure of Belonging Peter Block (Author) How can we stitch the pieces of a fragmented community together into a vibrant, healthy one? All useful, but nothing in the process raised awareness that poverty is basically a problem of economic isolation. It could have been shorter and I would have gotten just as much out of it. 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. Great read for anyone interested in or working with community as well as leadership. We do this partly out of a desire for good, but primarily because if we want to fill those empty storefronts, raise our children, engage those wandering on the sidewalks during the day, building community is a precondition for that to occur. Firstly, one potentially helpful note: I'm a community manager at an educational technology company, and I was hoping this book could provide some theoretical foundation to help me in this role. I sort of feel like it's sort of new ageish, or progressive psychologistish. I appreciated the discussion on different conversations to have when building community, and the discussion on inversion. It is accepted that community is a means to an end, and that end is necessarily radical change. When you reduce peopleâs isolation, they learn that they are not crazy and there is nothing wrong with them. Peter Block is an inspirational thinker. The various sectors of our communitiesâbusinesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, governmentâwork in parallel, not in collaboration. If it is true that we are creating this world, then each of us has the power to heal its woundedness. Three. We’d love your help. If you're feeling disgusted and disempowered with politics, read this book and rediscover your agency. After going through the book again, I chose to create another edition for three reasons: First, with nine yearsâ experience putting its ideas into practice in my home city of Cincinnati, I can be clearer in expressing them. Companies have asked for help in building a community of mothers who purchase a certain diaper for their children. Download books for free. 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