BUILDING COMMUNITIES THAT SUSTAIN US
Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. But in the chaos of modern life, community ties have become unraveled, leaving many feeling afraid or alone in the crowd, grasping at shallow substitutes for true community.
In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world.
It’s up to us to create community. Born shows that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.
As we have been exploring the potential of community, we wanted to engage the creativity and thoughts of youth and so asked them to read this book and create a song/rap reflecting its key themes. This video was awarded First Place in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations PLURAL+ International Jury in the 13-17 age category and First Place at Bethel College USA - Cornelius Kahn Multimedia Award for High School Students. Enjoy!
—Adam Kahane, Partner, Reos Partners, and author of Solving Tough Problems, Power and Love, and Transformative Scenario Planning
—Dr. Frances Westley, cofounder of SIG (Social Innovation Generation), University of Waterloo, and coauthor of Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed