Author Biographies :: Joe Erpenbeck

Joe Erpenbeck

Joe works in the disabilities world for a large county board. Within this system he has created a small team of people who are moving from providing services to building community. In his case, community is built around individuals whom we used to call the “disabled.” His group is alert to people’s gifts, their desires, and what makes them happy. They then find ways that these gifts can be offered, whether through a hobby, an interest, or just the willingness to be in the room with a group of strangers. Joe’s project has radical implications for social service, and he has results to show for it.

— From Community: The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block

Articles by this Author…

Actions Speak Louder…

Posted on November 7, 2011 in Stories

Think of Cincinnati's Westwood Works more as a way of looking at things than as your typical "civic group"… read more »

The Neighborhood Café and Other Hospitable Places

Posted on September 9, 2011 in Stories

A warm welcome and a focus on the gifts of those who are present in the hospitable places in Joe Erpenbeck’s neighborhood make more associations, joyous hospitality and a stronger neighborhood full of even more gifts possible.… read more »