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The abundant community : awakening the power of families and neighborhoods

Author: John McKnight; Peter Block; American Planning Association.
Publisher: [Chicago] : American Planning Association ; San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, ©2012.
Series: BK currents book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 CEO's, 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John McKnight; Peter Block; American Planning Association.
ISBN: 9781609940812 9781605095844 1605095842 1609940814
OCLC Number: 992040438
Description: xiv, 173 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: The Shift from Citizen to Consumer --
Part II: Choosing a Satisfied Life --
Part III: Creating Abundance.
Series Title: BK currents book.
Responsibility: John McKnight and Peter Block.

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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 CEO's, 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.

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