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The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

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ISBN13: 9781605095844
ISBN10: 1605095842
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Publisher Comments:

Sharing Our Gifts

We need our neighbors and community to stay healthy, produce jobs, raise our children, and care for those on the margin. Institutions and professional services have reached their limit of their ability to help us.

The consumer society tells us that we are insufficient and that we must purchase what we need from specialists and systems outside the community. We have become consumers and clients, not citizens and neighbors. John McKnight and Peter Block show that we have the capacity to find real and sustainable satisfaction right in our neighborhood and community.

This book reports on voluntary, self-organizing structures that focus on gifts and value hospitality, the welcoming of strangers. It shows how to reweave our social fabric, especially in our neighborhoods. In this way we collectively have enough to create a future that works for all.

“This book challenges the conventional wisdom about what you and I can do as citizens to shape our future. It offers concrete examples of what citizens can do and have done by drawing on resources in their families and communities.”

—David Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation

“This book is the basis for health and happiness in any society. A must-read.”

—Quentin Young, Chairman, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and former President, American Public Health Association

“‘What we need is here.’ That line from a Wendell Berry poem sums up the theme that runs through this vital and timely book. This book is a treasure. And it can help us recover the treasures hidden in plain sight within and among us, renewing ourselves and our democracy as we go.”

—Parker J. Palmer, founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal and author of A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach

“Don’t wait for a politician, scientist, infomercial, or lottery ticket to come to the rescue. Read this powerful book and help yourself, your neighbors, and your planet to satisfying and sustainable solutions found only in community.”

—Jim Diers, former Director, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and author of Neighbor Power

 

Book News Annotation:

McKnight, a community researcher and organizer who taught education and social policy at Northwestern U., and Block, an author associated with a training company that offers workshops to build the skills outlined in his books, show readers how to utilize their own communities to raise children, provide safety and security, sustain health, secure income, support local businesses and economy, eat locally, and care for vulnerable people, rather than going outside of it for these and other needs. They describe how people can shift from a culture of consumerism to one that places community at the center, what happens when citizens become consumers, how to reclaim the role of citizen through community, the elements important in creating abundance in all areas, and specific steps to take. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book reminds us that a neighborhood that can raise a child, provide security, sustain our health, secure our income, and care for our vulnerable people is within the power of our community.

Synopsis:

There is a growing movement of people with a different vision for their local communities. They know that real satisfaction and the good life are not provided by organizations, institutions, or systems. No number of great CEO’s, central offices, or long range plans produce what a community can produce. People are discovering a new possibility for their lives. They have a calling. They are called. And together they call upon themselves.This possibility is idealistic, and yet it is an ideal within our grasp. It is a possibility that is both idealistic and realistic. Our culture leads us to believe that a satisfying life can be purchased. It tells us that in the place where we live, we don't have the resources to create a good life. This book reminds us that a neighborhood that can raise a child, provide security, sustain our health, secure our income, and care for our vulnerable people is within the power of our community. This book gives voice to our ideal of a beloved community. It reminds us of our power to create a hope-filled life. It assures us that when we join together with our neighbors we are the architects of the future where we want to live.

About the Author

For nearly three decades, John McKnight has conducted research on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations, neighborhood policy, and institutional racism. He currently directs research projects focused on asset-based neighborhood development and methods of community building by incorporating marginalized people. John serves on the Board of Directors of numerous community organizations including the Gamaliel Foundation and The National Training and Information Center. McKnight is a professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Peter Block is an author, consultant. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. He’s the author of Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, The Answer to How is Yes, and Community

Table of Contents

Welcome

Introduction

The Elements of Satisfaction

The Universal Properties

PART I: THE SHIFT FROM CITIZEN TO CONSUMER

Chapter One: The Limits of Consumption

Chapter Two: What Did We Lose and Where Did It Go?

Chapter Three: The Effects of Living in a Consumer World

PART II: CHOOSING A SATISFIED LIFE

Chapter Four: The Abundant Community

Chapter Five: Community Abundance in Action

PART III: CREATING ABUNDANCE

Chapter Six: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

 

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kare, July 8, 2010 (view all comments by kare)

In this weak economy where budgets of local governments and non-profit budgets will continue to get slashed, it is especially heartening to read the mutual-reliance message inherent in this book. Rather than rely solely on outsiders and related funding and services, the authors suggest we band together with locals to come up with our own solutions to problems – and ways to leverage the resources we each have in support of “our” community.

While the authors advocate “no more relying on institutions or systems to provide us with the good life” the ideas that are good enough to be adopted do tend to get honed into systems and sometimes even institutions. That’s part of the ebb and flow of community design.

I see variations on this message from sites like shareable and the creative people cited in Richard Florida’s books.

Another reviewer notes that the authors advocate our striving toward greater compassion for each other rather than greater systems of efficiency yet I believe that, like natural systems and user-friendly design, finding ways to be more efficient can be a reflection of caring about one’s community.

Not only do I feel compassion but genuine liking for those in my community who invent or suggest a way to make our community better run and/or close-knit. That’s compassion in action.

As a long admirer of Block’s ideas who believes that the economy will be bumpy at best for the next five or so years I am heartened by the several specific ways that bottom-up community-building is happening - and that the models for such local efforts spreading so leaders in different communities can learn from each other’s local experience.

The more specific they are the more “spreadable” they become – and often they reflect more efficient ways to be mutually supportive.

Some examples are as seemingly mundane as Freecycle – which is elegantly moderated in my Marin County by “Nicole,” co-work space and the Village movement started in Beacon Hill.

When people discover concrete ways they can be mutually-supportive they tend to adopt and modify them and to tell others. to spread.

From my work in forging partnerships to generate more value and visibility I’ve found that identifying the sweet spot of mutual interest between individuals and/or organizations is a crucial first step to exploring how to accomplish greater things together than one can alone. When people collaborate around an explicit shared purpose they tend to bring out the better sides in each other so they inevitably get closer.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the co-authors use their influence to advocate the creation of an online community where we could exchange ideas about what’s working to create “abundant communities?”
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781605095844
Subtitle:
Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Author:
McKnight, John
Author:
Block, Peter
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Community life -- United States.
Subject:
Community development -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Subject:
CHANGE METHODS, CURRENT AFFAIRS, PERSONAL GROWTH
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100614
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.57 x 0.49 in

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There is a growing movement of people with a different vision for their local communities. They know that real satisfaction and the good life are not provided by organizations, institutions, or systems. No number of great CEO’s, central offices, or long range plans produce what a community can produce. People are discovering a new possibility for their lives. They have a calling. They are called. And together they call upon themselves.This possibility is idealistic, and yet it is an ideal within our grasp. It is a possibility that is both idealistic and realistic. Our culture leads us to believe that a satisfying life can be purchased. It tells us that in the place where we live, we don't have the resources to create a good life. This book reminds us that a neighborhood that can raise a child, provide security, sustain our health, secure our income, and care for our vulnerable people is within the power of our community. This book gives voice to our ideal of a beloved community. It reminds us of our power to create a hope-filled life. It assures us that when we join together with our neighbors we are the architects of the future where we want to live.

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