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Thursday June 4, 2020
Conversations in Community

Peter Block, consultant and speaker, helped initiate the interest in empowerment; these days his work centers primarily on bringing service and accountability to organizations and communities.

Peter is the author of many best selling books, including Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, second edition (1999); Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest (1993). His most recent books are The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters (Berrett Koehler 2002) and Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World, co-authored with consultant and philosopher Peter Koestenbaum (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2001).

Peter serves on the Board of Directors of Cincinnati Classical Public Radio (WGUC) and on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Public TV and Radio. He helped found The School for Managing & Leading Change.

He has received several national awards for outstanding contributions in the field of training and development, including the American Society for Training and Development Award for Distinguished Contributions; the Association for Quality and Participation President's Award; and Training Magazine HRD Hall of Fame.

Peter lives in Ohio and his office is in Mystic, Connecticut. You can visit his website at: www.peterblock.com or www.designedlearning.com

With Peter Block

Peter takes us through the experience of having conversations that make a difference in the world. It is these kinds of conversation that create a foundation for action that holds the possibility of reconciling community.

In March 2004, the first of a series of community conversations took place at New Thought Unity Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Peter Block leading us in a new way of talking about community -- a new way of talking about our own lives within a community.

Since then, a number of other conversations have been held at NTUC, and in other neighborhoods, including Pleasant Ridge. A companion booklet has been produced for the conversations, usually referred to as the Civic Engagement Series. You can learn more at www.asmallgroup.net. You may also download a copy of the Civic Engagement booklet in PDF format (284kb).

Archived info from the March 2004 conversation meeting:
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