Community: The Structure of Belonging

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Feb 20, 2009 - Social Science - 392 pages
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This book is written to support those who care for the well-being of their community. It is for anyone who wants to be part of creating an organization, neighborhood, city, or country that works for all, and who has the faith and the energy to create such a place. I am one of those people. Whenever I am in a neighborhood or small town and see empty storefronts, watch people floating aimlessly on the sidewalks during school or working hours, pass by housing projects, or read about crime, poverty, or a poor environment in the places where our children and our brothers and sisters live, I am distressed and anguished. It has become impossible for me to ignore the fact that the world we are creating does not come close to fulfilling its promise. Along with this distress comes the knowledge that each of us, myself included, is participating in creating this world. If it is true that we are creating this world, then each of us has the power to heal its woundedness. This is not about guilt, it is about accountability. Citizens, in their capacity to come together and choose to be accountable, are our best shot at making a difference. This book is for all who are willing to take a leadership role that affirms the conviction that without a willingness to be accountable for our part in creating a strong and connected community, our desire to reduce suffering and increase happiness in the world becomes infinitely more difficult to fulfill. It is also based on the belief that in some way the vitality and connectedness of our communities will determine the strength of our democracy. ----From 'Community'
 

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In-speaking gobbledygook written in breathy prose, reimpregnating normally comprehensible words with new meaning, this tome comes dangerously close to proving George Orwell right. I should have taken the author's advice on page 32, and read no further. Read full review

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User Review  - zappa - LibraryThing

In-speaking gobbledygook written in breathy prose, reimpregnating normally comprehensible words with new meaning, this tome comes dangerously close to proving George Orwell right. I should have taken the author's advice on page 32, and read no further. Read full review

Contents

The Fragmented Community and Its Transformation ix PART ONE The Fabric of Community
1
Insights into Transformation
3
Shifting the Context for Community
33
The Stuck Community
46
The Restorative Community
63
Taking Back Our Projections
76
What It Means to Be a Citizen
88
The Transforming Community
104
Invitation
165
The Possibility Ownership Dissent Commitment and Gifts Conversations
181
Bringing Hospitality into the World
218
Designing Physical Space That Supports Community 225 CHAPTER 15 The End of Unnecessary Suffering
246
Book at a Glance
269
Role Models and Resources
283
Acknowledgments
341
About the Author
345

The Alchemy of Belonging
119
Leadership Is Convening
121
The Small Group Is the Unit of Transformation 134 CHAPTER 10 Questions Are More Transforming Than Answers
145
Midterm Review
162
About the Design
347
About BerrettKoehler Publishers
349
Be Connected
351
Index
353

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