PREFACE

A Note from Charles

Readers of my book The Art of Community know that my journey toward community expertise began with my own lonely years wondering if I’d ever create the friendships that I wanted or find a place where I knew that I belonged. It took many years and travel through several time zones in Africa and Asia to get to a place where those thoughts no longer distract me. On the journey, the miles were less important than the wise words from mentors, examples from my now heroes, and too many embarrassing experiments to remember.

The journey never ends. It’s a daily practice to remain connected to the people I love, reach out to the people I want to know better, and ensure that I’m supporting people important to me. My personal ...

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