Steve's New Book: Community as a Safe Place to Land

Community as a Safe Place to LandSteve's newest book addresses community development and resilience. Using seven core values and provocative questions, Community as a Safe Place to Land can become your guide for consideration, conversation and collaboration. Make this a powerful resource for important discussions about your community.

What does community mean to you? Does community exist as a concept any longer? Or does the traditional concept need a transformation to reflect where we stand now, and more importantly, what the future holds?

The stories, observations, questions, and core values (The Seven Rs) presented in this book will enable you and your network(s) to examine how social networks create pathways for action.  You will be urged to move beyond “why” we need community to “how” we go about building and sustaining community. And, you will examine what can break a community apart.

At its heart, a vibrant community provides an environment for its members to explore, learn, fail, and thrive. It provides a safe place to land.

You can get the Kindle e-book and paperback here. It will be available in other markets in the near future. Check back for details.


Podcast Playlist

Seven transformational stories about community building and sustainability open each section of the book.  Each story exemplifies one of the Seven Rs—one of the seven core values for community.  Each transformational story has been recorded as a podcast episode for The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel.  You will find a link to each released episode below. As new episodes become available, links will be posted. 

Each full-length episode has three “teaser trailer clips” that provide brief snippets from the full podcast.  Finally, at the top of the list you will find a compilation podcast that features a brief clip from the seven full episodes below. This allows you to get a feel for all seven episodes in one brief “Best Of” episode.


arrow   BONUS “Best Of” Episode: Community as a Safe Place to Land (The “Best Of” the seven full episodes below.)


arrow   Episode #39: Facing the Worst. Preparing for the Best (Resilience)


arrow   Episode #39 (Trailer 1):  Importance of Mindset


arrow   Episode #39 (Trailer 2): Surviving and Thriving


arrow   Episode #39 (Trailer 3): The Echo of a Voice


arrow   Episode #40: A Safe Place to Land (Relationships)


arrow   Episode #40 (Trailer 1): The Importance of “I Don’t Know”


arrow   Episode #40 (Trailer 2): Vulnerability and Growth


arrow   Episode #40 (Trailer 3): Connect and be Relevant


arrow   Episode #41: The People: A Community's Most Important Resource


arrow   Episode #41 (Trailer 1): Thriving in Place in Being Who You Want to Be


arrow   Episode #41 (Trailer 2):  The Value of Coordinated and Consistent Community Volunteers


arrow   Episode #41 (Trailer 3): Lead by Listening


arrow   Episode #42: Helping a Village Find Its Voice (Responsibility)


arrow   Episode #42 (Trailer 1): What is the New Town Success Zone


arrow   Episode #42 (Trailer 2): Building Trust


arrow   Episode #42 (Trailer 3): Building a Two-Generational Model


arrow   Episode #43: Trust as a Core Value (Relevance) 


arrow   Episode #43 (Trailer 1):  Listen and Remain Relevant


arrow   Episode #43 (Trailer 2): Authentic Belief and Caring


arrow   Episode #43 (Trailer 3):  Understanding Life Purpose


arrow   Episode #44: Mentors for Music, Hope, and Rainbows


arrow   Episode #44 (Trailer 1): Neighbors Helping Neighbors


arrow   Episode #44 (Trailer 2): Confidence Building


arrow   Episode #44 (Trailer 3): Replicating a Community Event


arrow   Episode #45: Someone Has to be the Grownup in the Room (Reflection)


arrow   Episode #45 (Trailer 1): Truth to Power


arrow   Episode #45 (Trailer 2): Live the Mission


arrow   Episode #45 (Trailer 3): Kindness Over Righteousness