Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful,
accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities.
As I wrote Community as a Safe Place to Land, I had the opportunity to speak with transformational people in communities from Savannah, Georgia to Celebration, Florida. Each story spoke to the interrelated importance of The Seven Rs—the seven core values for purpose and growth.
This past week I reviewed the author’s proof copy of the book (the last step before release of the work). I thumbed through the seven transformational stories and once again was struck by the common themes from different parts of the region. Different stories with a connecting principle. Consider the following quotes from the book:
- “That congregation of loving and accepting people tied a knot at the end of my rope so that I could hang on.” (2)
- “Everyone has a story, and our job is to listen.” (32)
- “The program manager kept coming back to the program each day because ‘It’s about the people.’” (60)
- “A young songwriter sings for her community, ‘You’re my friend and I love you.’” (87)
- “People must have a say-so about what is going on in their community if change is to take root.” (117)
- “Remember that kindness is always better than righteousness.” (117)
- “Friendships were born, and they helped grow resilience…In hearing other people’s stories, they began to hear the ‘echo of a voice’ of their story. They would not be denied and would not give up.” (173)
Respectful relationships help build lasting, meaningful, accepting, loving, nurturing, and sustaining communities.
You will be able to read more later this month when the book is released. In the meantime, you can read more about the book and the accompanying podcast transformational community episodes at https://stevepiscitelli.com/media-written/community-as-a-safe-place-to-land.
Podcast Clip Recommendation of the Week:
Listen to Executive Director George Maxey of the New Town Success Zone speak about the importance of listening to people. Listening + Accountability = Movement.
For more about community building and sustainability,
look for my new book,
Community as a Safe Place to Land,
due out later this month. More information at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.
For information about and to order my most recent book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, click here. A few colleges and one state-wide agency have adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.
The paperback price on Amazon is now $14.99 and the Kindle version stands at $5.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.