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. The most widely known being Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1st edition 1980, 3rd edition 2011); Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest (1993) and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work (1987).
In 2008 Community: The Structure of Belonging was published, and The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighbhoods , co-authored with John McKnight, came out in May 2010.
He has also authored Flawless Consulting Fieldbook & Companion: A Guide to Understanding Your Expertise (2000) and The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters (2002). Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World was co-authored with consultant and philosopher Peter Koestenbaum (2001).
The 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 received a Masters Degree in Industrial Administration from Yale University in 1963; he performed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas.
Peter serves on the Boards of Directors of 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.
Peter welcomes being contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Maggie Rogers often describes herself as the “Inc" of Peter Block Inc. When you call the office, Maggie is the one who answers the phone. She schedules Peter’s speaking engagements and coordinates the logistics, handles the invoicing and pays the bills. Maggie also manages special projects and does what it takes to keep Peter organized. You might have heard Maggie say
“I have the best job in the universe."And she means it! In 2005 Peter encouraged Maggie to follow her passion for sailing and risk adventure over safety. For several years, she spent six months each year on a sailboat in the Caribbean. Now life is a bit calmer; instead of spending months on the boat, she spends winter in Florida, with the boat docked in the backyard.
A favorite quote of Maggie’s, from Gunilla Norris in Simple Ways:
“To listen to another fully is to offer the heart like a vast sea. That offering enlarges us. Sometimes the heart is stirred up as surf is in a storm. Sometimes it is becalmed and shiny with peace. But always it is asked to be moved by the great rhythm of meaning, the deep and constant waves of life requesting to be lived, known and heard."
Marie A Carija is a graphic designer. Her studio, MAC Integral Design , is located in Mystic. She enjoys Peter’s ideas and creative vision, and the process of working with Peter and Maggie. Her background includes a degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, extensive training in art and design, and life-long inner work. She is interested in bringing peoples’ and organizations’ words and ideas into forms that communicate their core truth.