It’s up to us to create community. In Deepening Community, Paul Born shows us that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.
In his thoughtful and moving new 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.
When a community is faced with instability, loss, and hardship, how will it respond? Will it choose intimacy or enmity? A community can react by building a social structure of joy and caring for one another, or scatter apart in fear.
Born outlines possible solutions for a community to pursue in times of uncertainty. Deep communities create a space where people can allow themselves to be vulnerable with others, share their personal stories, and deeply enjoy one another. Born shows how a mutual sense of caring for the people close to you in community leads to success and stability that benefits everyone.
Deepening Community shares examples of the deep intimacy found in community from Paul Born’s experience growing up among people displaced by war; his career as a community activist, writer, and speaker; and insights shared from interviews with more than five hundred people.
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Praise for Deepening Community
“For many years now, Paul Born has been among the most trusted, tender, and practical voices about how to create community. This beautiful book embodies each of those qualities and is a work to be used well and treasured for years to come.”
—Margaret J. Wheatley, author of seven books including Leadership and the New Science and, most recently, So Far from Home
“I listen to Paul Born when I want to know how people get together for the common good. He is a master practitioner and storyteller. If you want to know what lies beyond the radical individualism and collective incompetence that plagues our modern lives, read this book.”
—John McKnight, Codirector, Asset-Based Community Development Institute
and coauthor of The Abundant Community
“Deepening community is essential to building healthy societies. Paul Born understands this principle and knows how to put it into practice. His book is an essential resource for everyone who wants to contribute to bringing forth better futures.”
—Adam Kahane, Partner, Reos Partners, and author of Solving Tough Problems,
Power and Love, and Transformative Scenario Planning