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Third “Community Builders” Series Scheduled; Space is Limited – Registration Starts Now

Redwood City, CA - October 2, 2006 - Registration forms are now available for Redwood City’s third installment of its unique and renowned “Community Builders” program.

For two dates in November, one in January, and one in February, participants from the community of Redwood City will be engaged, enlightened, and inspired by some of the world’s premier thinkers and writers on the subject of community building.

Registrations must be received by November 3rd and are available online, or by calling 780-7300. Space is limited, so interested community members are urged to apply now.

The Redwood City Community Builders series features thought-provoking and fascinating presentations by nationally and internationally known authors and speakers who literally wrote the book on community building. This program has so far provided over 200 community members with the tools, skills, and inspiration to envision the community they’d like Redwood City to be, and to work effectively with their friends and neighbors, colleagues, fellow community-members, and the City to achieve that vision.

Here’s the lineup for Community Builders 2006-2007:

  • Thursday, November 9, 2006 ~ Margaret Wheatley – Internationally acclaimed speaker and writer focusing on how to maintain our integrity and effectiveness in these chaotic times. Listening to one another is key to community building – not negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings – just truthful conversation. She’ll provide her experiential perspective while offering tools to develop new and powerful insights and practices for building our community.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2006 ~ Peter Block – Consultant, speaker, best selling author on bringing service and accountability to organizations and communities. At this first session, we’ll initially participate in activities to get to know one another and understand the objectives of the program. Then, to strengthen our commitment to transforming our community, Peter will help us to ask the right questions, and find answers within ourselves and each other which will call us to action, giving us tools for our community’s enhancement.

  • Thursday, January 11, 2007 ~ Dr. John L. McKnight – Dr. McKnight is a dynamic author, speaker, and professor of Education and Social Policy. He’ll share lessons from hundreds of successful community-building initiatives across the US, and offer ideas for what we can do to start our own journey down the path of “asset-based development,” by turning first of all to our neighbors and to local citizens associations and institutions that lie at the heart of our communities.

  • And…a special guest speaker on a date in February, to be announced.

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager
(650) 780-7305




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