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Neighborhood Caretakers: Stories, Strategies and Tools for Healing Urban Community

a book by Burton and Elizabeth Dyson

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They say “As people confront the massive changes which are inevitable, they are looking for guidelines for thought and action and ideas about how to change systems so that they can support a more compassionate society. . . . After a long period in which we believed that national decision making could solve all problems, we are coming to understand that much of the action has to take place at the neighborhood and the community level. [emphasis ours] . . . They are also aware of the importance of providing mentors for change.” As Willis Harman has said, the needed changes today aren’t those that will result from politicians, but are those that will result from a lot of people doing things a little differently than in the past. As Margaret Mead has said—a now-famous line: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

The needed changes today aren’t those that will result from politicians
The needed changes today aren’t those that will result from politicians

Burton and Elizabeth Dyson go on: “In the compassionate era, we will rethink fundamentally the way we spend our resources and our time. . . . there is no real human contact in the neighborhoods.” The Dysons recommend core groups, which are stable, rooted, connected, committed, and local (in the neighborhood—think MC). They are either business (cottage industries) related or socially related and act like an extended family or they are both—à la the Tofflers’ electronic expanded family. They also discuss neighborhood caretaker families—“families that have made the health of the community and of the planet their lives’ work”—that create the enhanced communities in which they choose to live. See Why Register for an MC?.

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The Tofflers’ electronic expanded family—Dysons recommends such 'core groups'
The Tofflers’ electronic expanded family—Dysons recommends such "core groups"