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