Community: The Structure of Belonging with Peter Block (ALA President's Program)
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Peter Block, best-selling author of “Community: The Structure of Belonging” and widely known for his work on community engagement and reconciliation, will facilitate an interactive discussion about the nature of real transformation and what kind of leadership is required to achieve it as part of the President’s Program. His approach focuses on how to create workplaces and communities that work for everyone in them, with a goal of effecting change through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force. This discussion is part of a continuum of conversations and initiatives throughout ALA to advance library-led community engagement, dovetailing with the new Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities initiative.
Block is a prolific author. His most recent book, “The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods,” was co-authored with John McKnight. He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company, and with other volunteers in Cincinnati, started A Small Group, an organization focused on creating a new community narrative and bringing his work on civic engagement into being. Find out more about Block and his work at www.peterblock.com.