Peter Block

Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship and the reconciliation of community in order to bring about change in the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.

Peter is the author of several best selling books, including Community: The Structure of Belonging and The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighbhoods, co-authored with John McKnight. The books offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture.

With other volunteers in Cincinnati, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring his work on civic engagement into being. He is a partner in Designed Learning , a training company that offers workshops designed by Peter to build the skills outlined in his books. Peter serves on the Boards of Directors of Cincinnati Classical Public Radio; Elementz, a Hip Hop center for urban youth; and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. He is on the Advisory Board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University.


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