Abundant Community Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

ISBN-10: 1609940814

ISBN-13: 9781609940812

Edition: 2012

Authors: John McKnight, Peter Block

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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 CEOs, 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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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

John McKnightis emeritus professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University and is cofounder and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He is the coauthor of Building Communities from the Inside Out and the author of The Careless Society. John serves on the Board of Directors of numerous community organizations including the Gamaliel Foundation and The National Training and Information Center.Peter Blockis an author and consultant. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community. Hersquo;s the author ofFlawless Consulting,Stewardship,The Answer to How is Yes, andCommunity.The American Planning Associationis an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadesrhip in the development of vital communities.

He is a Fellow in Media Management at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, Global CBT production manager for Management Consultancy Service for PricewaterhouseCoopers and former Multimedia consultant to Shell International.

The Elements of Satisfaction
The Universal Properties
The Shift from Citizen to Consumer
The Limits of Consumption
The Consumer Way: Lives of Scarcity and Consumption
The Citizen Way: Lives of Abundance and Cooperation
A Choice of Culture
Neighborhood Necessities
Community Possibilities
What Did We Lose and Where Did It Co?
The Origin of Dissatisfaction
The Growth of Systems and Their Managers
Outsourcing Care to Professionals
Seduction by the Promise of Satisfaction
Effects ofLiving in a Consumer World
Living by the Rules
The Cost to Society
The Cost to Neighborhoods
The Wired Life
The Heart of the Matter
Choosing a Satisfied Life
The Abundant Community
The Structure of Abundance
Associational Life
The Invisible Structures of Community
Community Abundance in Action
The Capacities of an Abundant Community
The Culture of Abundance
The Citizen Economy
Policies That Support Abundant Community
Democracy and the Abundant Community
Creating Abundance
Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
Competence within Reach
Community Abundance Is Its Gifts
Connected Gifts Create Associations
The Power of Connectors
The Vital Role of Connectors
A Table for Connectors
Welcoming Strangers
Finding'Our Own Way
The Story of an Abundant Community
Pioneers: People Who Are Creating Abundant Communities
About the Authors
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