Summer Community Building Gathering
Make Your Deposit Now! July 23-25, 2010 San Damiano Retreat Center
Community Building Facilitation Training
Sponsored and run by Angela Sevin, Oakland, Ca.
A successful enterprise involving twenty two (22) trainees who had another life-changing experience. Email Angela Sevin for more information.
Community Building is alive and well in Europe. Click here to go to the new Hungarian CB website! Or, Email Tiva Balazs for more details on what he's doing in Hungary. In Hamburg, Germany. Gotz Brase, a businessman with interests in CB after reading "The Different Drum" and attending a workshop in January 2005, has organized some Community Building workshops and is now coordinating an ongoing CB group. They have successfully conducted their work without a facilitator, acting as a group of "all leaders." Email Gotz Brase for some insights into what he's doing and why.
M. Scott Peck, M.D., the psychiatrist whose book The Different Drum introduced Community Building technology, passed on at 2pm EST on Saturday, September 25, 2005. He was 69 years old. Go to Community Crossroads Guestbook site if you'd like to make a comment about M. Scott Peck's life and his work. Or, visit the Community Building Partners website to sign up for the listserv.
Summer Community Building Gathering 2010
Community Building Foundation (CBF) has four general objectives:
If you're interested in more information about the Foundation and its programs, you can download our brochure by clicking here or Email the Managing Director, George Moskoff, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in participating in an online discussion (Yahoo Groups listserv), you may visit the site that this organization sponsors for more information on the Community Building process. Go to Community Building Partners to visit and make a request to join that group.
Click here or Email Managing Director George Moskoff for information.
What is Community Building?
"In and through community lies the salvation of the world." -- M. Scott Peck, Introduction, The Different Drum
"...'community' is a group of two or more people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have been able to accept and transcend their differences, enabling them to communicate openly and effectively, and to work together towards common goals, while having a sense of unusual safety with one another. Community Building workshops endeavor to create this safe place." -- M. Scott Peck, "Community Building in Brief"
Community Building, in the context of this site, refers to a group process where participants experience and practice communication skills that create the possibility for deep human connection. This process was described by author Dr. M. Scott Peck in his book, The Different Drum. Further information was presented in a later book, A World Waiting to Be Born.
Community, according to Peck, may be described as "a group of individuals who have learned how to communicate honestly with each other, whose relationships go deeper than their masks of composure, and who have developed some significant commitment to 'rejoice together, mourn together,' and to 'delight in each other, make each others' conditions [their] own.'" [Drum, Simon and Schuster, 1988, p. 59.]
The stages of Community Building generally include:
An initial state of "being nice". Pseudocommunity is characterized by politeness, conflict avoidance, and denial of individual differences. Let's be honest -- most of us can't keep this up for long. Eventually someone is going to speak up, speak out, and the dam breaks.
In the stage of chaos, individual differences are aired, and the group tries to overcome them through misguided attempts to heal or to convert. Listening suffers, and emotions and frustration tend to run high. There are only two ways out of chaos: retreat into pseudocommunity (often through organization), or forward, through emptiness.
Emptiness refers to the process of recognizing and releasing the barriers (expectations, prejudices, the need to control) that hold us back from authentic communication with others, from being emotionally available to hear the voices of those around us. This is a period of going within, of searching ourselves and sharing our truths with the group. This process of "dying to the self" can make way for something remarkable to emerge.
"In my defenselessness, my safety lies." In this stage, individuals accept others as they are, and are themselves accepted. Differences are no longer feared or ignored, but rather are celebrated. A deep sense of peace and joy characterizes the group.
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