This book is written to support those who care for the well-being
of their community. It is for anyone who wants to be part of
creating an organization, neighborhood, city, or country that works
for all, and who has the faith and the energy to create such a
place. I am one of those people. Whenever I am in a neighborhood or
small town and see empty storefronts, watch people floating
aimlessly on the sidewalks during school or working hours, pass by
housing projects, or read about crime, poverty, or a poor
environment in the places where our children and our brothers and
sisters live, I am distressed and anguished. It has become
impossible for me to ignore the fact that the world we are creating
does not come close to fulfilling its promise. Along with this
distress comes the knowledge that each of us, myself included, is
participating in creating this world. If it is true that we are
creating this world, then each of us has the power to heal its
woundedness. This is not about guilt, it is about accountability.
Citizens, in their capacity to come together and choose to be
accountable, are our best shot at making a difference. This book is
for all who are willing to take a leadership role that affirms the
conviction that without a willingness to be accountable for our
part in creating a strong and connected community, our desire to
reduce suffering and increase happiness in the world becomes
infinitely more difficult to fulfill. It is also based on the
belief that in some way the vitality and connectedness of our
communities will determine the strength of our democracy. ----From
'Community'......Peter Block is an author, consultant, and citizen
of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship,
chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of
community.....Peter serves on the boards of directors of Cincinnati
Public Radio; Elementz: Hip Hop Youth Arts Center; and InkTank,
which offers writing programs for marginalized people. He is also a
partner in the Urban Opportunities Alliance, a group of youth- and
family-oriented efforts in Cincinnati. He is a member of the
advisory board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute,
Bahamas. With other volunteers, Peter began A Small Group, whose
work is to bring the disengaged into community through the tools of
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