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The Abundant Community by John McKnight, Peter Block

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4The Abundant Community

THE LIMITS OF SATISFACTION come from the fact that the current market place/service economy and its systems and institutions promise to provide answers to “problems” that are in fact the human condition. The real cost of systems is the dependency they create on illusory answers. System answers, even if they do seem to satisfy, are addictions because system satisfaction has such a short shelf life.

The Structure of Abundance

An abundant community is not organized the system way—there is no interest in consistency, uniformity, and replaceable parts. Abundance is about the variety of gifts and what is most personal and idiosyncratic to families and neighborhoods. A competent community, one that takes advantage of its abundance, ...

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