The Structure of Belonging

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers : Ingram Publisher Services [distributor], [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2008
ISBN: 9781576754870
Branch Call Number: 307 B6208C 2008
Characteristics: xiii, 240 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 12, 2016

Anyone involved in community building work needs to read this book. Peter Block gets it. My copy is filled with highlighter markings and I have referred back to it many times.


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