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Peter Block

The Joke That Isn't Funny: Campaign 2012

Peter Block | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Block

We have the two leading candidates running against the government. Their marketing strategists have decided that their best chance of winning is to ride a real or imagined wave of contempt that people have for the competence of their own government.

How to Teach Children to Lose by Winning

Peter Block | Posted 02.07.2012 | Parents
Peter Block

Whether playing or watching sports, the name of the game is the same: who wins?

The Fall of JoePa and a Return to Common Sense

Peter Block | Posted 01.11.2012 | Sports
Peter Block

Every community has many more things to be proud of than a young person's ability to run, jump, throw, and catch. Sport does not build character, it puts character at risk. Sport is just fun.

How to Reduce the National Debt by $30 Trillion

Peter Block | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Peter Block

A 20 percent decrease in consumption of sugary drinks could prevent about 1.5 million Americans from becoming obese and forestall 400,000 cases of diabetes. This would save about $30 trillion.

Is There Too Much Parenting?

Peter Block | Posted 11.23.2011 | Parents
Peter Block

We want to open a conversation about parenting. Not about what is good or bad parenting, but rather about the idea that today's obsession about parenting has gone too far.

Why Families Fall Apart

Peter Block | Posted 11.01.2011 | Women
Peter Block

We delude ourselves if we think our high divorce rates are caused by interpersonal problems and disagreements. It's not that people are not getting along; it is that they don't need each other.

A Neighborhood Has A Job To Do

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

Neighbors have the capacity to know what we need. What we need are the gifts that surround us. What we need is each other. And when we act together, we will find the community way. The democratic way.

The Nervous American Empire or Raise Your Hands Over Your Head and Don't Move

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

It will soon be ten years since 9/11 and the effects are still with us. One of the obvious ones is the U.S. military's adventures in the rest of the w...

Why, Finances Aside, Our Children Will Be Better Off Than We Are

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

Our children will be better off than we are, but not because they will make more money.

Martin Luther King: Remembering What We Forgot

John McKnight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John McKnight

To honor Dr. King's legacy we need to go the peaceful way, not because it sometimes works, but because it is the best way of life. The peaceful way creates a community where life and creativity can flourish.

Neighborhood Wake-Up Call

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

To those who say our neighborhoods are broken, there is a simple process to help awaken neighborhood power by finding out what people love to do and are willing to teach or learn.

What Happened to the Village?

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

We have lost the imagination of what a neighborhood could do to raise a child. This means there is a great opportunity to organize neighbors to raise the local children -- to become a village that raises the children.

The Limits of Consumption

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

In our effort to find satisfaction in consumption, we're converted from citizens to consumers. The implications are profound. Consider the impact on just two parts of our lives: the family and the community.