Civic Enagagement and the Restoration of Community
I’m overwhelmed with the innovative and energizing approach taken by Peter Block. His thinking dovetails closely with my interest in community engagement with young people and adults. I am enthusiastically incorporating many features of the community restoration approach in my efforts to restore community through social media strategies and tools.
This short video illustrates some of Peter Block’s principles and what he means by using structure, language and invitation to engage people in dialogue about restoring their community. I think that his ideas have tremendous application for community building in York Region. Fragmentation, isolation and cynicism seem to be taking deeper hold in our community.
A community restoration approach can be challenging for organizations that are used to problem solving, collaboration and outcome based discussions. I especially like how Peter Block in his book Community, the Structure of Belonging talks about how community is really an ongoing conversation. I’ve included a brilliant overview of his model titled Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community – changing the nature of the conversation.
Community Engagement – Restoration of Community