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The Abundant Community

Book Description

This book reminds us that a neighborhood that can raise a child, provide security, sustain our health, secure our income, and care for our vulnerable people is within the power of our community.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Welcome
  7. Introduction
  8. The Elements of Satisfaction
  9. The Universal Properties
  10. PART I The Shift from Citizen to Consumer
    1. 1 The Limits of Consumption
      1. The Consumer Way: Lives of Scarcity and Consumption
      2. The Citizen Way: Lives of Abundance and Cooperation
      3. A Choice of Culture
      4. Neighborhood Necessities
      5. Community Possibilities
    2. 2 What Did We Lose and Where Did It Go?
      1. The Origin of Dissatisfaction
      2. The Growth of Systems and Their Managers
      3. Outsourcing Care to Professionals
      4. Seduction by the Promise of Satisfaction
    3. 3 The Effects of Living in a Consumer World
      1. Living by the Rules
      2. The Cost to Society
      3. The Cost to Neighborhoods
      4. The Wired Life
      5. The Heart of the Matter
  11. PART II Choosing a Satisfied Life
    1. 4 The Abundant Community
      1. The Structure of Abundance
      2. Gift-Mindedness
      3. Associational Life
      4. Hospitality
      5. The Invisible Structures of Community
    2. 5 Community Abundance in Action
      1. The Capacities of an Abundant Community
      2. The Culture of Abundance
      3. The Citizen Economy
      4. Policies That Support Abundant Community
      5. Democracy and the Abundant Community
  12. PART III Creating Abundance
    1. 6 Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
      1. Competence within Reach
      2. Community Abundance Is Its Gifts
      3. Connected Gifts Create Associations
    2. 7 The Power of Connectors
      1. The Vital Role of Connectors
      2. A Table for Connectors
      3. Welcoming Strangers
      4. Finding Our Own Way
      5. The Story of an Abundant Community
  13. Notes
  14. Resources
    1. Pioneers: People Who Are Creating Abundant Communities
    2. Website
    3. References
  15. Acknowledgments
  16. Index
  17. About the Authors