PETER W. MICHEL, Sculptor     Sculpture in Celebration of Self, Relationship and Community
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"Community Totem 2"

This is a symbol of community. 

We are all connected, interconnected.  We are born into a community and we can create community as well.  Community gives us power to do what we cannot do alone, to bear what we cannot bear alone and a place to share our joy and express ourselves.   It gives us the sense of belonging that we crave. 

Our community is made up of many individuals and many groups.  Each of us are the same in many ways while at the same time being unique. Our sameness gives us one kind of connection to each other, our uniqueness allows our special contribution to the group. 

"Creating Community AnywhereFinding Support and Connection in a Fragmented World"  Carolyn R. Shaffer & Dristin Anundsen,  Forward by M. Scott Peck, M.D. 1993,  Penguin Putnam, New York. 

     "The most comprehensive book I know of about the community movement."  - M. Scott Peck, M.D. 

Organizations promoting and educating for community: 
Foundation for Community Encouragement 
     Helped individuals and organizations learn how to build and sustain community according to the principles and processes described by M. Scott Peck in his books The Different Drummer and A World Waiting to be Born.  Ceased operations in 2002.

The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)  
      ( The mission of the ICA is to promote social innovation through participation and community building.  ... 

Innovative Leadership Australia     Innovative Leadership Australia offers a hands-on approach to creating vibrant, self reliant and entrepreneurial communities. The company specialises in working with community, government and industry leaders to create and implement programs and approaches that make a lasting difference to community revitalization in rural and regional areas.

"The Art of Community - Building the New Age of Participation"  Jono Bacon, 2009  O'Reilly Media Inc.,  Sebastopol, CA  Second edition is due out in 2012.

Creating Community  from Leadertalk a blog by Becky Robinson in concert with Mountain State University School of  Leadership and Professional Development:

Community:  The Structure of Belonging,  Peter Block, 2008  see review on Leadertalk blog:

Expressions of Community  Totems  Fathers and Sons  Thea Bowman Peace Garden Totem

Standing Tall - A Community Totem (Chicago)   Participatory Community Totem Project (Syracuse)

A World Wide Public Art Project: Celebrating Fathers & Sons  Think Peace  Coming Together  

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 1983-2008 by Peter W. Michel                Posted 04-17-1998   updated 09-22-15
 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780