The Abundant Community

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Pub. Date: 2010-06-14
Publisher(s): Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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This is a fantastic study of working with people in ways that will change the world we live in. The textbook offers concrete, detailed ideas on how to return to community, how to do it competently, with heart, compassion, kindness and as unique individuals. The Abundant Community 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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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.

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods 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.

Author Biography

John McKnight is emeritus professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. He is the coauthor of Building Communities from the Inside Out and the author of The Careless Society. He has been a community organizer and serves on the boards of several national organizations that support neighborhood development.
Peter Block isa partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Block to build the skills outlined in his books. He is the author of Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, The Answer to How Is Yes, and Community. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Organization Development Network's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Table of Contents

Welcomep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Elements of Satisfactionp. 2
The Universal Propertiesp. 40
The Shift from Citizen to Consumerp. 7
The Limits of Consumptionp. 9
The Consumer Way: Lives of Scarcity and Consumptionp. 11
The Citizen Way: Lives of Abundance and cooperationp. 14
A Choice of Culturep. 15
Neighborhood Necessitiesp. 18
Community Possibilitiesp. 25
What Did We Lose and Where Did It Go?p. 26
The Origin of Dissatisfactionp. 27
The Growth of Systems and Their Managersp. 29
Outsourcing Care to Professionalsp. 36
Seduction by the Promise of Satisfactionp. 42
The Effects of Living in a Consumer Worldp. 46
Living by the Rulesp. 47
The Cost to Societyp. 49
The Cost to Neighborhoodsp. 54
The Wired Lifep. 57
The Heart of the Matterp. 62
Choosing a Satisfied Lifep. 63
The Abundant Communityp. 65
The Structure of Abundancep. 65
Gift-Mindenessp. 70
Associational Lifep. 71
Hospitalityp. 78
The Invisible Structures of Communityp. 81
Community Abundance in Actionp. 83
The Capacities of an Abundance Communityp. 83
The Culture of Abundancep. 91
The Citizen Economyp. 96
Policies That Support Abundant Communityp. 99
Democracy and the Abundant Communityp. 109
Creating Abundancep. 113
Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoodsp. 115
Competence within Reachp. 115
Community Abundance Is Its Giftsp. 119
Connected Gifts Create Associationsp. 123
The Power of Connectorsp. 132
The Vital Role of Connectorsp. 132
A Table for Connectorsp. 134
Welcoming Strangersp. 137
Finding Our Own Wayp. 140
The Story of an Abundant Communityp. 145
Notesp. 149
Resourcesp. 153
Pioneers: People Who Are Creating Abundant Communitiesp. 153
Websitep. 159
Referencesp. 159
Acknowledgmentsp. 163
Indexp. 165
About the Authorsp. 171
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