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Is the city a playground or a battleground? In the new book Cities: Playgrounds or Battlegrounds? David Hillis argues that the answer to this question will significantly impact how we will live in the 21st century.
By tracing the 50-year trajectory of Leadership Foundations and its values, ethos and theory of change, Hillis argues that the city must be seen as a playground if effective work and change is to take place for the good of the whole and for the long haul. Hillis seamlessly weaves together sociology, theology, literature, films, and interviews with practitioners who are working in cities throughout the world to support the idea that seeing the city as a playground will facilitate a better world.
You will be inspired. As you learn about Leadership Foundations—a global network of leaders of good faith and good will working to make real and lasting impact in close to 50 cities throughout the world—you will encounter how it goes about providing a relevant model for work and positive change in today’s world. Hillis describes the methods of city practitioners living in some of the harshest urban environments across the globe, and offers a welcome into the learning community made up of these unique leaders and organizations that together stand ready to walk alongside new city leaders emerging in and throughout the world.
You will be educated. Hillis encourages you to consider the importance of ideas like how we see determines how we act; that in a world where bifurcation is the norm it is possible to consider a third way; that people of good faith and good will can work together for the common good; that cities are living, breathing organisms that need to be approached distinctively and thoughtfully.
You will be challenged. You will be asked to consider how you might engage your city for her social and spiritual renewal. Whether you are a person of faith or a person of good will; clergy or lay person; social worker or business entrepreneur; all are asked through this book to consider the part they can play to make a positive contribution.
This book provides a critical perspective that needs to be understood as we engage the 21st century.