The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging

The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging

by Charles Vogl
The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging

The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging

by Charles Vogl


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Create a Culture of Belonging!

Strong cultures help people support one another, share their passions, and achieve big goals. And such cultures of belonging aren’t just happy accidents - they can be purposefully cultivated, whether they’re in a company, a faith institution or among friends and enthusiasts. Drawing on 3,000 years of history and his personal experience, Charles Vogl lays out seven time-tested principles for growing enduring, effective and connected communities. He provides hands-on tools for creatively adapting these principles to any group—formal or informal, mission driven or social, physical or virtual. This book is a guide for leaders seeking to build a vibrant, living culture that will enrich lives.

Winner of the Nautilus Silver Book Award in the Business and Leadership Category.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626568419
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 210,169
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Charles H. Vogl has been working to build communities since his days as a Peace Corps volunteer. He now works with leaders in technology, finance, media, government, and social change organizations to help them create a meaningful difference. He is also a founding producer at Broken English Productions, creating works that have won several international awards.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Inspiration for This Book 1

Part 1 Recognizing Community

1 Understanding Community 9

Part 2 Seven Principles for Belonging

The Seven Principles 31

2 The Boundary Principle 33

3 The Initiation Principle 43

4 The Rituals Principle 49

5 The Temple Principle 67

6 The Stories Principle 75

7 The Symbols Principle 81

8 The Inner Rings Principle 87

Part 3 Advanced Ideas

9 Distinguishing Religion and Avoiding Cult 115

10 Managing Community Face-to-Face and Online 123

Epilogue: Endings and Beginnings 137

Beginning with Acknowledgment 139

Last Thought 143

Resources 145

Appendix A Leader Worksheets 147

Appendix B Dinner Community Case Study 157

Notes 183

Acknowledgments 187

Index 189

About the Author 193

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