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Peter Block is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Block to build the skills outlined in his books. He is the author of Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, The Answer to How Is Yes, and Community. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Organization Development Network’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

How can organizations stop relying on patriarchy & control as their core form of governance?

The Answer to How Is Yes

Has our misguided emphasis on efficiency led us to do more & more of what matters less & less?

The Abundant Community

Bestselling authors John McKnight and Peter Block offer compelling new understanding of how and why community has been lo...

The Age of Participation

How can organizations thrive in the Age of Participation?


The expanded and revised edition of Community tackles the hysteric rise of isolation and fear in a digitally interconnect...

Consulting, Workshops, Speaking Engagements

  • Stewardship
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Community Building

These ideas are being expressed in a thousand places. Here are some organizations that are wonderful and also have the commitment to create a more habitable world.

A Small Group
There are countless groups in Cincinnati that want to better it in one way or another - as in any good-sized city. ASG exists to widen the net of engaged citizens. Its method is to change the conversation in a way that makes this city a better place to live. It is engaging the disengaged and is a teaching place for many of the ideas in Peter Block's book, Community and the Structure of Belonging.

Alliance for Innovation
Is in the business of transforming local government. The best source for information and training on creating government that serves citizens and affirms democracy.

Art of Hosting
The Art of Hosting and Convening Conversations that matter is a powerful leadership practicum as well as a daily pattern and practice for many individuals, communities, families, businesses and organizations. It is a practice retreat for all who aspire to learn and find new ways for working with others to create innovative and comprehensive solutions. A growing community of practitioners who support each other to explore and accomplish what they most care about.

Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University
John McKnight is a leading advocate for citizen responsive communities. He offers powerful and mind changing way of thinking about human service and what a compassionate society would look like. They are also very active in providing the research and tools for creating caring community.

Benedictine University
Offers a fine Masters in Organization Development. They have been there a long time and maintain a good balance between theory and developing the person.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers
High integrity publisher with the courage to publish leading edge books that integrate spirituality, work and a fuller life.

Center for Courage and Renewal
Founded by Parker Palmer, the Center helps foster personal and professional renewal through retreats that offer the time and space to slow down and reflect on life and work. Retreats called Courage to Teach®, Courage to Lead®, and related programs are based on the Circle of Trust® approach, which is grounded in our core values and distinguished by principles and practices intended to create a process of shared exploration.

Center for Great Neighborhoods, Covington KY
The Center is dedicated to helping people improve their lives by improving the quality of urban neighborhoods. Strong neighborhoods provide stability, social supports and a web of vital resources that allow families and individuals to thrive. The Center equips residents with the tools and resources they need to create healthy, thriving neighborhoods.

Community Building Institute, Xavier University
Focuses on asset-based community planning that promotes development that is driven by the community rather than by outside agencies. This emphasizes the community's existing physical assets and the passion of its residents rather than simply constructing buildings and fixing problems.

Cornerstone Community Loan Fund
Revitalizes distressed urban neighborhoods from the inside out. Organizes groups of low-income people who are committed to improving their lives and neighborhood, provides professional support for cooperative efforts.

Creative Health Care Management
Sponsors a training program in Relationship-Based Care, which highlights the most direct routes to achieve world class care and service to patients and families, Organizations who have implemented RBC see an increase in patient satisfaction and loyalty, an increase in staff and physician satisfaction and a more resource conscious and efficient work environment.

Designed Learning
The training firm that Peter helped found. A learning resource for consultants, staff people and those that use them. The source for workshops, materials and consulting for consultants and people in the staff role. The source for the ideas in the Flawless Consulting books and concepts.

A wonderful organization that inspires and engages inner city youth through innovative hip hop arts programs, leadership development and community building.

Flame Centre
Based in Singapore, Flame Centre is an organization development consulting and training practice that partners with people and organizations committed to ideas of accountability, strengths, commitment and partnership to create great institutions that work for all.

Heartland Circle
Heartland convenes conversations, programs, trainings, and communities of engagement, dedicated to creating a world that works for all.

International Coach Federation
ICF is a resource for professional coaches, and the source for those who are seeking a coach. A nonprofit organization formed by individual members-professionals who practice coaching, including Executive Coaches, Leadership Coaches, Life Coaches and many more, from around the world.

Jossey Bass-Wiley
Fine larger publisher that supports high quality authors and innovative content.

Joe Kirkup is a special and unique human being who offers unmatched service in the IT field.

Leapfrog Cincinnati
A branding and marketing firm with the talented team of Suzanne Beane and Ran Mullins. A real pleasure to work with.

Mastery Foundation
A non-profit, volunteer, interfaith organization established in 1983 to empower those who minister and serve others in creating new possibilities for themselves and for their communities.

NetCrafters has been working in Cincinnati and beyond since 1995 to bring reliable, friendly, easily updated websites to our clients and the world wide web. Even before many Americans had signed on to the web for the first time, NetCrafters was designing Cincinnati's first sites and the world's first site management tools.

NIATx is a pioneering improvement collaborative that works with substance abuse and behavioral health organizations across the country. They teach organizations to use a simple process improvement model; NIATx is part of the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ohio Justice and Policy Center
OJP is a nonprofit law office that works for productive state-wide reform of the criminal justice system by promoting rehabitation of incarcerated people, enabling them to successfully reintegrate into the community and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system

One World Music
Through hands-on music making, One World Music inspires cultural change, promotes organizational development and builds a sense of community.

Peaslee Neighborhood Center

In downtown Cincinnati, providing a peaceful place where Over-the-Rhine residents create and participate in dialogue-based educational programs that foster creative expression, self-determination, personal voice and social change.

Pepperdine MSOD
Pepperdine's Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program has earned an international reputation as the premier graduate program in the field and as an innovator of experiential learning. Designed for the experienced professional, the MSOD program prepares leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change. Peter has led a session here for many years.

Peter Koestenbaum is a world force. He makes philosophy accessible to each of us and will change your life with his humanity and ideas. If you ever get a chance to be in a room with him, don't miss it.

Project Access
If you want to see the face of authentic health care reform, study the work that Dr Paul Uhlig is doing. He is a thoracic surgeon in practice but is a force for choosing health over disease. He has demonstrated the healing effects of collaborative care, and the practical and curative effects of focusing on people's gifts and capacities

Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community. It is at the center of citizen connection and action in Sarasota County, Florida.

Search Institute
Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization committed to helping create healthy communities for every young person. They believe that "all kids are our kids," and create books and other materials that welcome and respect people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities. Their mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

Based in India, School of Inspired Leadership is a business school that aims to build competent, compassionate and inspiring leaders. Interact with stalwarts from industry and a distinguished faculty, who have taught across the world. Participate in learning models designed for your level of experience, and be equipped to deal with complex, evolving global challenges, while working towards sustainability

Sounds True
Source of audio and video tapes that are creative, engaging and based on caring human values.

An Organisational Change practice in South Africa that works with leaders to engage their stakeholders so that talent, human energy and creativity are maximized. Their mission is to ignite a sense of possibility everywhere they work. They are also doing important work in schools and building communities.

Union Institute and University
Empowers adults to acquire, apply, and create knowledge through interdisciplinary, flexible, and collaborative programs focusing on social relevance, personal enrichment, and professional advancement.

Urban Libraries Council
Works to strengthen public libraries as an essential part of urban life. A member organization of North America's leading public library systems, ULC serves as a forum for research widely recognized and used by public and private sector leaders. Its members are thought leaders dedicated to leadership, innovation and the continuous transformation of libraries to meet

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The Answer to How Is Yes

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