𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲! 🤍
My goal this week was to attempt to redefine what community means during quarantine.
I’m hyper-involved in my community & struggling with being isolated.
Zoom calls aren’t doing it for me. 😩
The book of the week: Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block defines Community as “a group of people that belong to one another”
Community are built from the assets and gifts of their citizens, not from citizens’ needs and deficiencies.” Community : The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block
My favorite thing about this book is Blocks focus on solutions for community problems. He adds that seeing communities as a set of problems to be solved is profoundly disempowering and detrimental.
All transformation is linguistic”. Specifically, we need to become better at asking generative questions. Questions are more transforming than answers.
Community : The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block
This is my favorite thing about @bookcaseofbarnes on Instagram she’s a master at asking critical questions that engages her audience. I’ve met so many great people from participating in her comment section.
We must be willing to trade their problems for their possibilities. This trade is what is necessary to create a future for our cities and neighborhoods, organizations and institutions —- a future that is distinct from the past. Which is the point.Community : The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block
People LOVE complaining about their neighbor, or the teens that are loitering, it the eclectic collector that seeks to have a cluttered garage, it the one on the street that doesn’t mow the lawn. Peter block challenges that mentality, no community can prosper and improve in isolation. We are responsible for elevating our community.
The social fabric of community is formed from an expanding shared sense of belonging. It is shaped by the idea that only when we are connected and care for the well-being of the whole that a civil and democratic society is createdThe social fabric of community is formed from an expanding shared sense of belonging. It is shaped by the idea that only when we are connected and care for the well-being of the whole that a civil and democratic society is createdThe social fabric of community is formed from an expanding shared sense of belonging. It is shaped by the idea that only when we are connected and care for the well-being of the whole that a civil and democratic society is createdCommunity : The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block
Peter Block strongly believes that what makes community building so complex is the fact that it can happen in an infinite number of small ways that are often imperceivable this unmeasured. Greeting everybody at the grocery store saying hello introducing yourself when the kids are playing together all of these are small micro steps towards creating a sense of community. Everybody drives everybody is safer and everybody is happier when his sense of community exists.
Community is built by focusing on peoples gifts rather than their deficiencies. In the world of community and volunteerism, deficiencies have no market value; gifts are the point. Citizens and community want to know what you can do, not what you can’t do.Community : The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block
We all have unique gifts to offer our neighbors and we can all do our part to building community even young people play a role. Well helps create a sense of community and put those gifts on display is a community leader when that is willing to listen to suggestions and help reframe limiting beliefs for the greater good of the whole community.
What I miss isn’t a sense a community, because that still exists virtually. What I probably miss is hugging people, the only thing missing from zoom and Skype is the sense of touch.
I am checking in on the communities and people I miss the most.
- How are you fostering a sense of community during quarantine?
- Do you agree? Are virtual communities just as good as physical ones?