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The Five Valued Experiences

For years, Tim Vogt and the crew Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati have been working hard at turning their once-traditional disabilities service agency inside out. Tim explains the journey of thinking that has led them from helping people in...

How to Integrate Gift Circles into Any Community

Community: the Missing Ingredient to Happiness I first learned of Gift Economy in a geodesic dome in the gorgeous middle of nowhere, Utah at a Reality Sandwich retreat in 2009. Charles Eisenstein was there speaking, and the sparkle in his eye was...

Kwanzaa’s Seven Principles and the Community

Millions of people are celebrating Kwanzaa this week. Founded by Maulana Karenga in 1966, the holiday started out as a cultural celebration for African-Americans and a replacement for what were thought to be non-African affirming holidays such as Christmas....

A Call to Connection

The Common Good podcast is a conversation about the significance of place, eliminating economic isolation and the structure of belonging. This episode features the Abundant Community Conversation in November, 2022 in which Peter Block spoke with Jenn Hoos Rothberg, the...

Find Your Freedom

In this episode of the Messy Middle podcast hosted by consultant and author Andrew Horsfield, Peter Block draws on his broad experience to discuss the benefits of choosing service over self-interest, embracing our freedom, shifting from problem solving to...

What Does Community Development for Liberation Look Like?

This article, originally published in Nonprofit Quarterly, offers a peek into the tensions and hopes that leaders of national community development organizations grapple with daily, as well as the historical roots of thinking that have shaped their work.   Earlier this...

Do You Want to Experience True Liberation?

In this week’s feature, the Meagan Scott and Courtney Ng speak on the Common Good podcast about facilitating necessary conditions for liberation, community, and magic, and how to connect with the desires of others in the creation of containers...

Creating a Neighborly Vibe

For years, Abundant Community Edmonton has been steadily cultivating a citywide culture and ecosystem of neighborhood connection, caring and belonging, block by block. The founder, Howard Lawrence, was inspired by John and Peter's book The Abundant Community to take...

Hospitality at the Center of Dispute Resolution

In his recent article in the Cardozo School of Law Journal of Conflict Resolution, Peter Block illustrates the common themes threading through three powerful stories within the journal: hospitality, community-centeredness, and the power of building trust as a starting...

White Theft in Neighborhood Development

In this conversation, Craig Mattson and The Learning Tree co-founder De'Amon Harges explore the ways in which problem of theft looms on the edge of partnerships between various sectors and neighborhood organizations. Craig and De'Amon discuss ways to avoid this...

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The Five Valued Experiences

For years, Tim Vogt and the crew Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati have been working hard at turning their...