The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

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There is a growing movement of people with a different vision for their local communities. They know that real satisfaction and the good life are not provided by organizations, institutions, or systems. No number of great CEOs, central offices, or long range plans produce what a community can produce. People are discovering a new possibility for their lives. They have a calling. They are called. And together they call upon themselves. This possibility is idealistic, and yet it is an ideal within our grasp. It is a possibility that is both idealistic and realistic. Our culture leads us to believe that a satisfying life can be purchased. It tells us that in the place where we live, we don`t have the resources to create a good life. This book reminds us that a neighborhood that can raise a child, provide security, sustain our health, secure our income, and care for our vulnerable people is within the power of our community. This book gives voice to our ideal of a beloved community. It reminds us of our power to create a hope-filled life. It assures us that when we join together with our neighbors we are the architects of the future where we want to live.

Table of contents

Cover ......Page 1
The Abundant Community......Page 6
Copyright ......Page 7
Contents......Page 10
Welcome......Page 14
Introduction......Page 16
The Elements of Satisfaction......Page 17
The Universal Properties......Page 19
PART I: The Shift from Citizen to Consumer......Page 22
1 The Limits of Consumption......Page 24
The Consumer Way: Lives of Scarcity and Consumption......Page 26
The Citizen Way: Lives of Abundance and Cooperation......Page 29
A Choice of Culture......Page 30
Neighborhood Necessities......Page 33
Community Possibilities......Page 40
2 What Did We Lose and Where Did It Go?......Page 41
The Origin of Dissatisfaction......Page 42
The Growth of Systems and Their Managers......Page 44
Outsourcing Care to Professionals......Page 51
Seduction by the Promise of Satisfaction......Page 57
3 The Effects of Living in a Consumer World......Page 61
Living by the Rules......Page 62
The Cost to Society......Page 64
The Cost to Neighborhoods......Page 69
The Wired Life......Page 72
The Heart of the Matter......Page 77
PART II: Choosing a Satisfied Life......Page 78
The Structure of Abundance......Page 80
Gift-Mindedness......Page 85
Associational Life......Page 86
Hospitality......Page 93
The Invisible Structures of Community......Page 96
The Capacities of an Abundant Community......Page 98
The Culture of Abundance......Page 106
The Citizen Economy......Page 111
Policies That Support Abundant Community......Page 114
Democracy and the Abundant Community......Page 124
PART III: Creating Abundance......Page 128
Competence within Reach......Page 130
Community Abundance Is Its Gifts......Page 134
Connected Gifts Create Associations......Page 138
The Vital Role of Connectors......Page 147
A Table for Connectors......Page 149
Welcoming Strangers......Page 152
Finding Our Own Way......Page 155
The Story of an Abundant Community......Page 160
Notes......Page 164
Pioneers: People Who Are Creating Abundant Communities......Page 168
References......Page 174
Acknowledgments......Page 178
B......Page 180
C......Page 181
G......Page 182
O......Page 183
S......Page 184
Y......Page 185
About the Authors......Page 186

Details

  • Author: John McKnight, Peter Block
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • ISBN-10: 1605095842
  • ISBN-13: 9781605095844
  • Pages: 193
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 816.6K
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