Keynote Address

The Restoration of Community

 Peter Block, M.A.

Peter Block Keynote 

Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.

Peter is the author of several best-selling books, including Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1st edition 1980, 3rd edition 2011); Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest (1993); The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work (1987); Community: The Structure of Belonging (2008); and The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods , co-authored with John McKnight (2010).

He also authored Flawless Consulting Fieldbook & Companion: A Guide to Understanding Your Expertise (2000); The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters (2002); Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World, co-authored with consultant and philosopher Peter Koestenbaum (2001).

Peter’s books are about ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. His work is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.

He is a partner in Designed Learning , a training company that offers workshops designed by Peter to build the skills outlined in his books. He holds a master’s degree in industrial administration from Yale University and performed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas.

Peter serves on the boards of several institutions, including Cincinnati Classical Public Radio; Elementz, a Hip Hop center for urban youth; and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. He is on the Advisory Board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University. With other volunteers in Cincinnati, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring his work on civic engagement into being. Contact Peter at

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