Boost engagement - and profits - by feeding your staff’s craving for community It seems the more connected we are through email, smartphones, and social media, the more disconnected we become on a personal, human level - and teamwork suffers tremendously. If this is happening in your company, fear not. The solution is here. The Power of Community provides a step-by-step approach to transforming your organization by tapping in to the human need to connect with and feel valued by others. By creating a company culture based on core community values, you’ll empower your workforce, build customer loyalty, and drive profits and growth. This game-changing guide describes why community is the answer to employee disengagement - which is now at a record 70 percent - and it explains how to develop the kind of culture that makes an industry leader of your business. It takes hard work and determination, but the rewards will astound you. ´´When people feel like they belong to one another, when they feel cared for, and they believe that the vision is worth sacrificing for, they will go the extra mile for the company,” the author writes. This is true community, and it’s at the core of today’s most successful companies. Business leaders often tell their people, ´´We’re all in this together,” but very few follow through on this sentiment. Separate yourself from the pack by implementing the simple but profoundly effective methods in this book. When people feel they’re part of something bigger than themselves, they’re more collaborative, creative, and innovative - and this will always drive organizational success. Everyone wins in The Power of Community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Anthony. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000766/bk_graw_000766_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Civility, which comes to us from the Latin word for citizen, includes not only the notions of courtesy and politeness, but also such matters as social relationships and proper conduct in human relationships. For some, civility is the essential glue that holds society together, and it involves such important issues as friendship, altruism, responsibility, dignity, and justice. Aristotle saw civility as a form of friendship, which he understood as a mutual feeling of good will. Aristotle believed that humans are capable of promoting another person´s interest without regard for our own, and he ranked friendships according to their degree of intimacy and commitment. ´´Character friendship´´ may be purely selfless; ´´advantage friendship´´ is a mixture of self-interest with perhaps some altruism, and this is the basis of civil interaction. By contrast, Thomas Hobbes believed that humans are incapable of sympathy with the interests of others; he said that we are ultimately motivated by self-interest in all of our acts. But recent experiments and theoretical developments have supported the view of David Hume, who believed that humans are naturally sympathetic, with our benevolence (or willingness to act selflessly) guided by such things as reason and custom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cliff Robertson, Robert Guillaume. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001534/bk_blak_001534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does Barack Obama´s re-election campaign have in common with a dusty box of black and white photographs found in a Cardiff studio? The answer is something that we are all a part of - communities. The way in which Obama´s team drove engagement with the US electorate is fabled. Online and offline, people came together to spread the campaign´s messages across the country. Less well known is how Jon Pountney, who found the Cardiff photos, reached out across the web and into the local community to try and identify the faces captured in them. Piece by piece, this community constructed a story of the photos, which in turned out to be a remarkable slice from the city´s history. In Connected, Hannah Waldram, Ed Walker and Marc Thomas explore examples from across the world which demonstrate that social media is a hugely powerful tool, but it is when it combines with physical communities - spurring action, amplifying a message, organizing movements - that it becomes truly transformative. It is a fascinating insight into how communities can be so much greater than the sum of their parts, and how the power of the internet has become seamlessly woven into community action. The authors also offer practical steps for how to make the most of communities and harness their potential. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Parker-Naples. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019362/bk_adbl_019362_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Bengalis are the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world, after the Han Chinese and the Arabs. A quarter of a billion strong and growing, the community has produced three Nobel laureates, world-class scientists, legendary political leaders and revolutionaries, iconic movie stars and directors and an unending stream of writers, philosophers, painters, poets and musicians of the first rank. But, bald facts aside, just who are the Bengalis? What is the community all about, stereotypically and beyond stereotype? In order to find the answers to these and related questions, the author (a Bengali born and steeped in his own culture but objective enough to give us a balanced reckoning of his fellows) delves deep into the culture, literature, history and social mores of the Bengalis. He writes with acuity about the many strengths of the community but does not flinch from showing us its weaknesses and tormented history. He points out that Bengalis are among the most civilized and intellectually refined people on earth but have also been responsible for genocide and racism of the worst kind. Their cuisine is justly celebrated, but few remember the cause and effect of millions of Bengalis dying of famine. Renowned for their liberal attitudes, they are also capable of virulent religious fundamentalism. Argumentative and meditative, pompous and grounded, hypocritical and wise, flippant and deep - Bengalis are all this and much, much more. With erudition, wit and empathy, this book manages to capture their very essence. Unarguably, it is the definitive portrait of one of the world’s most vibrant and distinctive communities. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anindya Chakravorty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/034031/bk_adbl_034031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don´t know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that´s where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways - right where they are on the road of real life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Hendrickson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020973/bk_adbl_020973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14th June 2017 in North Kensington. Over 150 homes were destroyed, and there were more than 70 casualties. With such extensive destruction, it’s hard to remember what it looked like before. One year on, this audiobook honours the Grenfell community and how its residents banded together through adversity. Gaby Doherty witnessed the fire firsthand; her husband, Revd. Dr. Sean Doherty, a Church of England minister, was the first clergy person on the scene. Good things can arise from harrowing adversities. Gaby and her husband live in a flat nearby The Tower, and she lost friends in the fire. Gaby’s account will make you understand what it was like living in North Kensington and how even the smallest gesture can change lives. In the aftermath of the fire, the community came together and raised aid efforts. God was seen in their actions, inspiring hope in what felt like a once futile situation. This book stems from personal experience of the impact of the fire. It features the testimony of locals, residents of the tower and those who came to help as well as on and by the community that experienced it, and the amazing stories of hope that followed in its wake. Grenfell Hope will help listeners understand what it was like living in North Kensington before and after the fire. It will help engage the listener with poverty issues, to examine attitudes to the poor and to consider how even small gestures in everyday life can change local communities. In the desperate situation of the fire, God was at work in people’s hearts, bringing hope in tiny gestures that mounted up to something enormous. Hope that couldn’t be ignored or even contained. Hope sprang out all over the country. About the author: Gaby was born a farmer’s granddaughter who, from the age of 5 to 18, lived on a farm in rural Somerset, with the nearest shops three miles away. Her experience of life was limited to the West C 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gaby Doherty, Alex Tregear, Neil Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lbrk/000606/bk_lbrk_000606_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Black Eden chronicles the history of Idlewild, a Michigan black community founded during the aftermath of the Civil War. As one of the nation’s most popular black resorts, Idlewild functioned as a gathering place for African Americans, and more importantly, as a touchstone of black identity and culture. Benjamin C. Wilson and Lewis Walker examine Idlewild’s significance within a historical context, as well as the town’s revitalization efforts and the need for comprehensive planning in future development. In a segregated America, Idlewild became a place where black audiences could see rising black entertainers. Black Eden provides a lengthy discussion about the crucial role Idlewild played in the careers of artists such as Louis Armstrong, B. B. King, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, and Della Reese. Fundamentally, the audiobook explores issues involved in living in a segregated society, the consequences of the civil rights movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent integration, and the consequences of integration vs. racial solidarity. The authors ask: ´´Did integration kill Idlewild?´´, suggesting rather that other factors contributed to its decline. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Padre Mickey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121844/bk_acx0_121844_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweeping new look at the unheralded transformation that is eroding the foundations of American exceptionalism. Americans today find themselves mired in an era of uncertainty and frustration. The nation´s safety net is pulling apart under its own weight; political compromise is viewed as a form of defeat; and our faith in the enduring concept of American exceptionalism appears increasingly outdated. But the American Age may not be ending. In The Vanishing Neighbor, Marc J. Dunkelman identifies an epochal shift in the structure of American life - a shift unnoticed by many. Routines that once put doctors and lawyers in touch with grocers and plumbers - interactions that encouraged debate and cultivated compromise - have changed dramatically since the postwar era. Both technology and the new routines of everyday life connect tight-knit circles and expand the breadth of our social landscapes, but they´ve sapped the commonplace, incidental interactions that for centuries have built local communities and fostered healthy debate. The disappearance of these once-central relationships - between people who are familiar but not close, or friendly but not intimate - lies at the root of America´s economic woes and political gridlock. The institutions that were erected to support what Tocqueville called the ´´township´´ - that unique locus of the power of citizens - are failing because they haven´t yet been molded to the realities of the new American community. It´s time we moved beyond the debate over whether the changes being made to American life are good or bad and focus instead on understanding the tradeoffs. Our cities are less racially segregated than in decades past, but we’ve become less cognizant of what´s happening in the lives of people from different economic backgrounds, education levels, or age groups. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Andres Pabon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001367/bk_gdan_001367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.