reminds us that a neighborhood that can raise a child, provide
security, sustain our health, secure our income, and care for our
vulnerable people is within the power of our community.
| In The Abundant Community,
authors John McKnight and Peter Block reveal the invisible but
immeasurable impact consumerism has had on our families and
We are besieged by messages
from consumer society telling us that we are insufficient, that we must
purchase what we need from specialists and systems outside the
community. We outsource our health care, child care, relationships,
recreation, our safety, and our satisfaction. We are trained to become
consumers and clients, not citizens and neighbors.
McKnight and Block take a thoughtful look at how this situation came
about, what maintains it, and the crippling effect it has had on our
families, our communities, and our environment.
They recommend roles we can assume and actions we can take to reweave
the social fabric that has been unraveled by consumerism and its belief
that however much we have, it is not enough.
The Abundant Community
Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
by John McKnight and Peter Block
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010