Neighborhood Economics: Peter Block

Summary of the Keynote address given by Peter Block at the Neighborhood Economics conference in Louisville, KY on November 12-13, 2014


Suppose we took Walter Brueggemann seriously…

Get clear.  Find the nature and language of the movement of interruption.

Send out this message:  What you have is enough.

Declare a Neighborly Covenant:  Within this place, there is enough for us to ghrive and care for one another.

Reclaim our sovereignty and control over our place.

Stop being intereste in consumer conversation and status achievement.  Shift your sense of self.  With your neighbors, ask “What are your gifts?  What are our gifts?  What are you willing to teach?”

Stop deficit indicators.  Find out what people love to do.  Focus on gifts.

How many people [neighbors] care about your wellbeing? Gather 4.  What you have is enough.  What are you capable of producing- in a life giving way, not in the Totalism way?

Share why it matters for you to be you.

Can a narrative and lifestyle of neighborliness/interruption be cultivated?  Begin forming ordering your life in a way that cultivates the knowledge of suffering, altruism, and interdependence.  [Spiritual Formation]

Economy- household- How do we manage this household in a more compassionate and generous way?

What is the economic landscape in the neighborhood?

Make the distinction between services and supporting people in a local economy, a cooperative economy.

Be sober/awake about your spending/choosing.  Live beneath your means.

Consider starting support groups within your neighborhood.  Talk about remaining aware/awake, departing from Totalism.  Talk about getting where you want/need to be.

Challenge the notion of the school promise.  The school promise is the notion that we need to go to school (college/university) to “succeed.”  This is a false solution.  The neighborhood has the possibility to have what you need.

Standard of living isn’t the measure of my wellbeing.

Stop the mobility.  If you keep leaving, you’ll never fall in love with the place.  If you move, make it an exodus.  Go to the wilderness, not to wealth.

The answer to how is “yes”.

How do you bring your congregation in the room with strangers?

Someone nearby is paying the price for your comfort.