Category Archives: Building Community

The Art of Hosting

1I spent a good part of my day exploring The Art of Hosting. This is a collaborative process in which a host invites a group of people to gather around a set of questions and then facilitates a co-creative conversation that leads toward the harvesting of wise decisions. This is important for my research methodology as it will provide the chaordic ((a term that blends chaos and order together: Chaos + Order = Chaordic)) process that is needed for the cohorts to be fruitful.

This article is a crash course on the Art of Hosting by Chris Corrigan. read more

Book | Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block

imageBlock, Peter. Community: The Structure of Belonging. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008.

The Author – Peter Block

Peter-connetc240“Peter Block’s consulting books facilitate ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. Bringing change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force is the ultimate goal of Peter Block consulting efforts.” ((http://www.designedlearning.com/peter-block/ (accessed February 20, 2014))
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Communicative Rationality Lived Out in High School Students

I had the amazing experience of watching communicative rationality play out among a group of high school freshmen yesterday. We held our annual Confirmation preparation day for this year’s confirmands. One of the big tasks for this day is to help the students create a group creed. This has not always gone well in the past. Typically it has been a very laborious and painful process that ends up with one or two students taking the project home and writing the final draft.

This year I decided to use Peter Block’s method of community building to empower the students to co-create. Here is how it worked. read more