Peter Block

In addition to The Abundant Community, co-authored with John McKnight, Peter Block is the author of Flawless Consulting, Community, Stewardship and The Answer to How Is Yes. He serves on the boards of Elementz, a hip hop center for urban youth; Cincinnati Public Radio; and LivePerson. With other volunteers, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring Peter's work on civic engagement into being. Peter's work is in the restoration of communities and creating systems that restore our humanity. He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops he has designed to build the skills outlined in his books.
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Communities, Not Countries, Are Best Equipped to Fix the World’s Economic Woes

As anxieties about an economically unstable future grow globally, there is an alternative mindset much closer to home—literally just around the corner, in fact. Instead of relying on federal policy, our local communities are constructing an economy and a...

Be a Neighbor First

In her work with the Michigan Area Health Education Center executive director Lisa Hadden has developed creative ways to get medical professionals oriented to support rather than control local partners. In this discussion with John and Peter the focus...

Peter Block Talks Community, the Consumer Culture and the Promise of Learning

The July-August issue of Wiley Online Library's "About Campus" featured Peter's interview with executive editor Frank Shushok, Jr. in which he talked about how he began his work in helping people develop, nurture and sustain community, the genesis of...

Discovering Assets of a Small Town

Conversation with Priscilla Corcoran Mooney Priscilla is the former mayor of Branch, Newfoundland, a small town of 250 citizens on the Atlantic coast. There she led residents to think about their assets and how to make their community stronger. Listen or...

The Gift of Fallibility

Highlights from A Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block: The Gift of Fallibility, February 7, 2012 John: Welcome, everybody. “Fallibility,” if you look in the dictionary, means “capable of error and imperfect.” It seems to me that one of the...

Visions of a Just Economy

Conversation with Adam Clark Peter talks with Xavier University theology professor Adam Clark, a leading voice in re-imagining all the issues facing urban America, about how consumerism has become our modern religion and what justice looks like in terms of...

Neighbors As Citizens Making Democracy Work

Conversation with John McKnight, Peter Block and Guest David Mathews TalkShoe Radio  ~  February 16, 2016 https://www.talkshoe.com/recording/attachment/key/11f4b7a337008a15b356fd37ea4fecfbf2f6cc86.mp3 Chris Whitten: Welcome to another conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block. For those of you who don't know, John and Peter are the...

Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable Local Economies

Conversation with Michael Peck and Kristen Barker John and Peter talk with Michael and Kristen about how co-operatives are emerging as powerful forces of change and the role citizen-workers have in bringing new opportunities and family-sustaining jobs to local neighborhoods. Michael...

Abundant Community Edmonton

  Tamarack's March 23, 2016 webinar on the Abundant Community Edmonton initiative featured Howard Lawrence and Anne Harvey from the City of Edmonton, the innovators and activators of this unique neighbourhood-building framework. They were joined by John and Peter, who...

Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight in Conversation

John and Peter were joined in their conversation on March 8, 2018 by Walter Brueggemann, co-author of their recently released new book An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture. Also joining them were special guests and friends Peter Pula and...