[Springboard] Study by phone on Wednesday works. Want to give it atry? Let me know your interest, perhaps starting next Wednesday

Marianna Bailey wmbailey at charter.net
Fri Mar 6 07:08:48 EST 2009


Count us in on the Block book. When does the study start? We also need the 
telephone number etc.
The Baileys

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Subject: [Springboard] Study by phone on Wednesday works. Want to give it 
atry? Let me know your interest, perhaps starting next Wednesday

> We did it with Limits to Power by Andrew Bacevich
> We did it with Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
> We did it with Georgianna McBurney's blog, Circle the Wagons.
> A chapter or a couple of chapters each week, a free conference call number 
> (we recorded several of the studies) someone to keep the call going.
> Want to join us for another round?  Here are some suggestions and a review 
> of one book from Dick West.
> I have talked to a few people and have 4 or 5 books up for study, feel we 
> need feedback about them to see (if people do want to continue the 
> studies) which are most needed now in order for us to be able to take a 
> significant part in the transformation.  They are
> * Seven Day Weekend by Ricardo Semler, a wonder description of a 
> successful Open Space organization in Sao Paulo, Brazil
> * Wave Rider, Harrison Owen's new book on Open Space, or rather, 
> self-organization as high performance leadership
> * The Three Marriages by David Whyte- Reimaging Work, Self and 
> Relationship (suggested by Jack Gilles)
> * Agenda for a new Economy, From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, by David C 
> Korten
> * Community, The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
> I believe this book is a must-read for those of us who work to transform 
> community:
> It gives us a common language for talking about what makes community 
> transformation different from human service/government planning and 
> programs.
> It integrates many important strands of transformation thinking, making 
> transformation feel more accessible.
> It helps us see what transformation looks like and connects that vision to 
> concrete practice.
> Community: The Structure of Belonging is divided into two sections. The 
> first is titled The Fabric of Community and is for me what makes this book 
> so important. In this section Peter provides the "why" and the "what" of 
> community transformation. (Those of us who normally skip straight to the 
> "how" should read Peter's previous book, The Answer to How is Yes.) In 
> this section, we learn to not continue repeating the program, system, 
> service problem solving that keeps us from really restoring community. We 
> learn what transformation is, what it means to be a citizen. If we really 
> get the message of this section, we start to BE community transformer, not 
> just DO community building.
> The second section is The Alchemy of Belonging. This is the tool kit for 
> doing community transformation. Convening, invitation, small groups, 
> forming the questions, holding the conversations of possibility, 
> ownership, dissent commitment and gifts are covered here. This section 
> expands the information that has been available on Peter's website that 
> was developed and used in Cincinnati by A Small Group (as in Margaret 
> Mead's axiom, "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can 
> change the world. In fact it is the only thing that ever has.")
> In the back are two extra gifts: Book at a Glance, a 10-page sentence 
> outline of the entire book, and Role Models and Resources, which expands 
> the concept of an annotated bibliography and offers countless 
> opportunities for further reading and learning.
> The gift of this book is a strong set of principles and usable 
> instructions for restoring community. The challenge is to our willingness 
> to stop what we are doing and learn what will lead us to the communities 
> we desire.
> I'm fine with any of them, have read the first one, the earlier draft of 
> Wave Rider, sense now that the Community book might be the highest 
> priority.Jim Wiegel
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