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Community Building Institute (CBI) teaches the skills and principles of Community Building and provides opportunities to experience the transformative power of true community.

Community Building was founded in part, on the vision of M. Scott Peck, MD. and is considered to be a highly experiential process that removes barriers to communication while unlearning ineffective attitudes and behaviors.

After writing his bestseller “The Road Less Traveled”, Dr. Peck gave readings across the U.S. and came into contact with a wide variety of groups. He found some of them to be genuine communities and others lacking in real connection. In the years that followed, he explored the mechanisms that underpin this. From that, he developed recommendations for authentic communication. When groups use them, the chance of growing into a true community is greatly increased.

Community Building methods allow an opportunity for people from all walks of life and experiences who meet as strangers to talk to each other like real friends. It can often be a deep encounter in which people often have a connection of unusual security and extraordinary respect. In everyday life, many people lack the confidence to really show themselves. Out of fear, they stay behind their masks and prefer to communicate on the surface. This is one of the biggest challenges within our society – people feel increasingly isolated.

An example of a CBI led and curated workshop can be a solid group, working on a common project, but there are many individuals who attend workshops and become a community for this singular weekend. The experiences can be applied to everyday life – personally, professionally, across the board – and contributes fundamentally to authentic communication. Miscommunication contributes to countless issues. CBI, our workshops, Facilitators and methods have been coming alongside of companies, organizations and individuals for 2 decades to find resolution and solutions.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee with locations throughout the U.S. as well as Germany, Czech Republic and with more coming soon CBI offers workshops, events, consultation, and facilitator training worldwide. CBI provides free introductory talks and workshops to qualified community, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Meet our Board of Directors here.

Leadership at CBI

Edward Groody EDWARD GROODY serves as President and Board Chair of CBI. He is also President of Ed Groody & Associates, Inc., an organization development-consulting firm. Edward and his team of consultants have been partnering with companies to get exceptional results and create a Spirit of Community in the workplace since 2001. Edward is known for helping leaders implement change in a way that engages and honors people. He has facilitated highly successful financial and cultural turnarounds in a variety of industries and corporate settings.

Prior to starting Ed Groody & Associates, Inc. he served as Director of Organization Development with Covenant Health, recognized by Forbes as a top employer. Edward is one of a handful of individuals to train and work with M. Scott Peck, M.D., bestselling author of The Road Less Traveled and developer of the innovative group and team-building process, Community Building. Edward was also a part of the leadership group that organized and facilitated the first men’s conferences with renowned poet and author Robert Bly in Minnesota in the 80’s and 90’s.

A graduate of American University Born and raised in Long Island, he now calls Knoxville home. As a longtime student of contemplative practice, Edward leads Poetry Divina, meditation/centering prayer as well as other contemplative workshops for retreat centers, universities, nonprofits, businesses and religious groups. When not consulting, Edward can be found cheering on his favorite sports teams, traveling and listening to and playing music while planning his next adventure. Edward’s highly anticipated book, Sacred Poetry debuts in Winter of 2020, with his second book available in 2021.

For information about upcoming workshops, see our Calendar or contact us directly to learn about how you can attend a public workshop, bring a workshop to your area, or sponsor facilitator training in your community.

Call 865-224-7130.

Community Building Institute is a 501(c)(3)