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Accelerating Change Through the Spirit of Community

community building workshops
M. Scott Peck

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

M. Scott Peck, Author of The Road Less Traveled and The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace

Accelerating Change Through the Spirit of Community

Ben Landers United Way


Community Building was developed by M. Scott Peck, M.D., renowned author of The Road Less Traveled in response to the level of polarization and loss of civility and community. Many scholars view the loss of community as the fundament affliction undelying today's social ills.

Peck discovered 10 guidelines for communication that can restore community and create group trust and safety. Participants have the opportunity to learn and practice the 10 guidelines and experience a powerful Community Building Process that leads to personal and professional growth

Participants routinely describer Workshops as "truly unique' and "life changing." Corporate executives call them "the next generation of team building." Criminal justice and human service professionals see Workshops as highly compatible with Motivational Interviewing, Restorative Justice, Mindfulness Training and Trauma Informed Care.

Clarence Johnson Wisconsin Community Services


Anyone interested in building genuine relationships, promoting civility and fostering a more welcoming and inclusive community.

Personal and Professional Development

  • Learn to listen in a new way and be more present to family, friends and colleagues.
  • Bridge differences with dignity and respect.
  • Identify and let go of obstacles to effective and authentic communication.
  • Experience "unusual safety" and "extraordinary respect.
  • Increase Emotional Intelligence.
  • Build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Break through isolation or separation and build real connections.

Business, Non-Profit and Community Outcomes

  • Strengthen teams, boards and neighborhoods.
  • Enhance training in leadership development and inclusion.
  • Relieve staff burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • Build social capital and effective collaborations with diverse groups.
  • Improve criminal justice and human service outcomes by reducing the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Motivate and engage resistant clients or staff.
Tyvi Small University of Tennessee


Community Building enhances outcomes in a broad range of applications. Real life examples include...

  • Neighborhood steering group building trust after standstill & conflict.
  • Ex-offenders improving job acquisition and retention.
  • Hospital management building effective teams after merger.
  • Youth in juvenile detention successfully transitioning to society.
  • Literacy program participants boosting outcomes.
  • University faculty building high functioning graduate cohorts.
  • In the 9th year of state funding, 50 Milwaukee agencies continue improving client outcomes and enhancing citywide collaboration.
  • Enhancing peace making in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

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