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Antioch Author Series with Dr. James Gruber
September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Antioch University’s Faculty Caucus welcomes you to join Dr. James Gruber, recently retired Professor of Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, for the 3rd event in our Antioch Author series, showcasing scholarly work by our faculty.
Wednesday, September 30th (12noonEST/9amPST).
Jim will talk about his recently released book, Building Community – Twelve Principles for a Healthy Future (New Society Publishers, 2020). This book includes contributions from twelve other Antioch New England students, alums, and faculty.
Strong local communities are the foundation of a healthy, participatory, and resilient society. These are unprecedented challenging times that include a hyper-polarized political environment, an unabated COVID-19 pandemic, continued systemic racism, massive loss of jobs and livelihoods, and the rapidly growing climate crisis. Rather than just looking to state and national governments, national organizations, businesses, experts, or new technologies to solve these critical social and ecological challenges, we can also focus on growing strong local communities that will work together for the common good.
This book is written as an easy-to-use guidebook that distills the success of healthy thriving communities from around the world into twelve universally applicable principles. It explores how community building can be approached by local citizens and their local leaders. It is based upon 30 years of Jim’s research including findings from case studies in 27 countries. It also includes case study contributions from 25 authors-practitioners of communities that have learned to thrive, including towns and villages, inner-city neighborhoods, indigenous groups, nonprofits, women’s empowerment groups, and a school, business, and faith community.
Jim will briefly share during this presentation some of what he has learned from all of these communities that appear to transcend cultures and locations. He plans to give a 30-minute presentation and looks forward to discussing his ideas with participants during this session. Excerpts from the book including case studies and the twelve principles that are described on the book’s website: Building Community.