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Interactive Community Building Workshop with Peter Block - Register today!

BCACL is thrilled to have world-renowned community engagement facilitator Peter Block host a full day interactive workshop on Oct. 6. Learn how to engage our increasingly diverse communities by convening authentic conversations and choosing questions over answers.

BCACL Presents Peter Block October is Community Living Month

Everyone Belongs: learning to lead authentic conversations that transform communities and include everyone

Comments from attendees of previous Peter Block workshops:

"Peter Block’s seminar exceeded my wildest expectations... I learned, I laughed, I listened, I shared, I made connections, I sang, I danced, I took a stand and I stood in awe." - Daniela Rudner, The Centre for Corporate Wellness.

"This event allowed us to collaborate with each other through conversations and find a unique way to enroll others (whether in business or communities), so that we may ‘walk together’ and collectively impact this country [South Africa]." - Theresa Kearley, Organisational Effectiveness Executive, Unlimited World

"With unstinting generosity, Peter gave me credible and unwavering experience of what community is, as well as practical ways in which a sense of belonging can be co-created, “one room at a time.” Over two days, it became the journey of a life time." - Evelyn Howard, Organisational Change and Human Development

"These profound moments of insight were of course just highlights of a consistently profound and meaningful two days. I can’t even go into all the snatched moments of deep conversation that were happening all around me during teatime, lunchtime, inbetween tasks and even in the queue for the toilet." - Well Worn Theatre Co.

Praise for Peter Block's recent book, Abundant Community

"John and Peter awaken us to the seductions of technology, specialization, mass entertainment and the quest for perfection. They remind us we've had enough. More important, that we are enough and have enough to do something about it. At a time when our yearning to belong has never been higher and the limitations of experts are strikingly evident, this book charts a renaissance of loving, human power." - Al Etmanski

"Instead of making the community and our lives more efficient, the authors focus on how we can create a life that is more compassionate. Within their vision, the gifts that exist among residents become a pooled resource and create a community of abundance." -- Joshua P. OConner, www.LocalPlan.org

"Peter's work has become the cornerstone of how our police department has developed over the years. What we have pleasantly discovered is that the more our capacity grows to work in partnership with each other, the more our capacity to serve our community is enhanced." - Michael Butler, Chief of Police, Longmont, Colorado.

View the poster here.
Check out the event on Facebook and see some of Peter's recent blog posts and suggested readings.

Who should attend: Business and community leaders and others who are committed to making a contribution to strengthen the fabric of community.

This workshop is a must for anyone wanting to learn about the nature of real inclusion and community transformation and what kind of leadership is required to achieve it.


Join Peter Block as he explores ways of thinking about our places (workplaces, neighbourhoods, towns) that create an opening for authentic communities to exist. Learn how to discover the gifts of our neighbours, to welcome strangers and to build associations that will shift the focus from need and deficiencies to engagement and possibility, leading to the creation of a new future.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the conditions under which transformation can occur.
  • Define leadership as listening, convening, invitation, and the triumph of questions over answers.
  • Understand the importance of community and how it is created.
  • Demonstrate in this session the principles of community being discussed.
  • Design gatherings so that transformation can occur.
  • Learn conversations that will lead toward a future different from the past.


$175 Professional/Corporate Rate
$150 Non-Profit Rate
$125 BCACL Member Rate
$100 Student rate (valid student ID required)

*Cost Includes continental breakfast, refreshments and a full lunch.

*Subsidies are available upon request. Contact Karen De Long, Director of Community Development at BCACL, for more information: 604-777-9100 extension 530 email: kdelong@bcacl.org.


Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street (off Victoria Drive)
Vancouver, BC

Contact: Karen De Long: 604-777-9100 ext 530

Register online: Click here to register online 


About Peter Block

Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.

Peter is the author of several best selling books. The most widely known being Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1st edition 1980, 3rd edition 2011); Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest (1993) and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work (1987). Peter is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 he received their first place Members’ Choice Award, which recognized Flawless Consulting as the most influential book for OD practitioners over the past 40 years.

Community: The Structure of Belonging (Berrett Koehler) came out in 2008. He has also authored. The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters which won the 2002 Independent Publisher Book Award for Business Breakthrough Book of the Year. Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World, was co-authored with consultant and philosopher Peter Koestenbaum (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2001).

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, co-authored with John McKnight, was published by Berrett Koehler in spring 2010.

The books are about ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. His work is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.

He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Peter to build the skills outlined in his books.

Peter serves on the Boards of Directors of Cincinnati Classical Public Radio; Elementz, a Hip Hop center for urban youth; and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. He is on the Advisory Board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University. With other volunteers in Cincinnati, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring his work on civic engagement into being.

He has received national awards for outstanding contributions in the field of training and development, including the American Society for Training and Development Award for Distinguished Contributions; the Association for Quality and Participation President’s Award; and Training Magazine HRD Hall of Fame.

Peter’s office is in Mystic, Connecticut. You can visit his websites at www.peterblock.com, www.abundantcommunity.com, www.designedlearning.com, and www.asmallgroup.net. He welcomes being contacted at pbi@att.net.

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