Change the Conversation, Change the Culture

Watch a video of Peter Block’s presentation, “Change the Conversation, Change the Culture,” at the IIRP 19th World Conference, October 26, 2015, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

With irreverent humor and unmistakeable love for humanity, Peter provides the basis and protocols for the Small Group methodology of community engagement, along with inspiration for the restorative movement.

“Get over this notion that there’s something wrong with me, or that those people need to change. How are we going to create an alternative to the world that we’ve inherited? To me, that’s restorative.”   —Peter Block, Citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Session description

The workshop will be an interactive exploration of how language creates our reality, and when people engage in new conversations, something important shifts. Each of these conversations grows out of great questions, which will be experienced in the session.

  1. The power of invitation. How it entails the possibility of refusal, puts a hurdle in the way of acceptance and creates the opportunity for people to take a stance long before they enter the room.
  2. The power of possibility. Community is built around the question of what can we create together. This is a condition where reflection, relationship and new thinking are valued as real outcomes. This allows us to stop worshiping the alter of problem-solving and the pursuit of defined destinations.
  3. The power of refusal. If we cannot say no, our yes means nothing. Saying no is the beginning of a conversation.
  4. The power of gifts. Community occurs when the gifts of those on the margin are brought to the center. Focusing on gifts rather than deficiencies changes everything.

Downloads Engage (100 min) Family & Community Theory & Philosophy
Location: Monocacy Date: October 26, 2015 Time: 10:00 am - 11:40 am Peter Block