Common Good Podcast

Peter Block: The Dissent Conversation

July 15, 2022
Common Good Podcast
Peter Block: The Dissent Conversation
Show Notes

The Common Good podcast is a conversation about the significance of place, eliminating economic isolation and the structure of belonging.  This is the fourth episode in a series of six episodes focusing on the six conversations from Peter Block’s work. Beginning with invitation, possibility, and ownership, we will now focus on the dissent conversation.  The final two conversations for the next two episodes are commitment and gifts.  These conversations are designed to occur in small groups, seeking to produce transformation in communities.

You can find more about the conversations in Peter's book, Community: Structure of Belonging, and from these videos on Peter's website.

The recited poem is “Matching Pairs" by Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp.

There is no match
A single
Blue cloud white toe
Faded red to almost pink
The black one that cost me $12
Waiting because I know that the matching partner
The one that makes them a pair
That makes them useful
Is still out there
So until then
they collect
heaped in a corner
of the laundry room
growing a community
of other lost ones
trying to sell their mismatched existence as hope
for the forgotten
until one day
I take a look
Pair what I can pair
And then
Throw the rest away.

Maegan Scott is the Founder/CEO of Wayfinding Partners. She is an organizational change luminary who leads with a racial justice lens. She founded Wayfinding Partners to create an affirming space for people of color wishing to dismantle systems of oppression and make way for a reimagined, liberated society. Since its founding, Wayfinding has blossomed into a team of seven full-time staff members and a cadre of more than twenty racial equity training specialists. Maegan’s carefully curated team has partnered with over 30 nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sector organizations. Some of her accomplishments include designing and launching Leadership Montgomery’s Racial Equity Action Leadership (REAL) Inclusion cohort-based program and supporting the reconstitution of A Way Home America’s board into one with a majority of youth with lived expertise of homelessness. Maegan brings more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofits to Wayfinding. Her approach to facilitating change is emergent, holistic, and healing-centered. She is a Reiki practitioner who cultivates spaces where individuals' energetic, emotional, and physical selves are seen, heard, and respected. Maegan has a bachelor’s degree from American University, an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University, and a master’s in organization development from the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. She resides in Kensington, Maryland with her husband and their entitled cat.

This episode was hosted by Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp, produced by Joey Taylor and the music is from Jeff Gorman. You can find more information about the Common Good Collective and the reader here. Common Good Podcast is a production of Bespoken Live and Common Change - Eliminating Personal Economic Isolation.