Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times by Paul BornDeepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times by Paul Born

Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times

byPaul Born

Paperback | March 10, 2014

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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. To show the role each of these plays, he shares his own stories—as a child of refugees and as a longtime community activist.

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.
Paul Born is the cofounder and President of Tamarack—An Institute for Community Engagement, a global leader on issues of place, collective impact, and community innovation. The author of four books, including the Canadian bestseller Community Conversations, Born is internationally recognized for his community-building activities that h...
Title:Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 10, 2014Publisher:Berrett-koehlerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1626560978

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filled with Joy and Wisdom!! I purchased Deepening Community a month ago and was so inspired that I read the whole book in a day. It is a must read for anyone who is yearning for a community of belonging. In these times where community tends to be shallow or based in fear, Paul Born invites us to consider a third way, the community of the heart. In society marked by social isolation, economic disparity and environmental crisis, we need deep community. With practical guidance, flavored by the wisdom deemed from lived experience, Born challenges us to contemplate a movement of the heart; the joy found in the company of others, the joy of true belonging, the joy of taking care and being taken care of, the joy of reaching out together for the good of our world. A Community deep, rich and varied. This is a Must Read for anyone who is interested in creating sustainable community of wellbeing in our time and place. Thank you Paul Born for a book sure to become foundational for community development in the twenty first century.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Practical! This book is a perfect blend of narrative, theory and practical tools/ideas. We are living in chaotic times. Unemployment rates are increasing along with feelings of loneliness and isolation; people live far from family and friends and so, seek care from professionals; neighbourhoods have tall fences, automatic garage doors, and focus social activities in their backyards- making it hard to know your neighbours; and there is great economic, social, and environmental uncertainty that causes many to live in fear of what the future may hold. I am both inspired and challenged by the call to action to find joy in the midst of the chaos we face. Paul's stories and the tools and suggestions he provides give us a clear path to walk down as we pursue deep community and joy. This is THE book for neighbourhood organizers, folks working in government, leaders of faith communities,... anyone who is hungry for more community, connection, belonging, fun, laughter... joy.
Date published: 2014-04-10

Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter Block
1. Our Need Today for Deeper Community
2. Three Options for Community in Challenging Times
3. Turning Away from Fear
4. Options for Deep Community
5. Sharing Our Stories
6. Enjoying One Another
7. Caring for One Another
8. Working Together for a Better World
9. Making the Choice for Deep Community
Appendix: Five Hundred Voices
With Thanks
Sources Cited
About Paul Born
Join the Deepening Community Campaign
Reading Circles

Editorial Reviews

“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