The following are the thoughts of Peter Block from his book: Community: The Structure of Belonging, 2008, page 98. When we want to collaborate and connect we need to be able to have significant conversations. Block provided me with powerful food for thought about potentially transformative conversations. Conversations that will lead to interdependent thinking. Conversations that count.
To say that the future is dependent on having conversations we have not had before does not mean that any new conversation will make a difference. So what specific kinds of conversations can create the relatedness an accountability that are the heart of a restorative context?
To create a community of accountability and belonging, we seek conversations where the following is true:
An intimate an authentic relatedness is experienced.
The world is shifted through invitation rather than
The focus is on the communal possibility.
There is a shift in ownership of this place, even though
others are in charge.
Diversity of thinking and dissent are given space.
Commitments are made without barter.
The gifts of each person and our community are
acknowledged and valued.
These are the specific conversations that are central to communal transformation. It is when we choose to speak of invitation, possibility, ownership, dissent, commitment, and gifts that transformation occurs. This is the speaking and listening that is the linguistic shift that changes the context through which community can be restored and traditional problem solving and development can make the difference.