Our Founder

Edward Groody is a leading Community Building thought leader, author, and teacher. He is founder, CEO and Senior Trainer, of Community Building International (CBI), a global training, certification, and consulting firm. CBI is also a global network of professional, certified Community Building facilitators.

Edward has devoted a lifetime to spreading the vision and experience of peace and genuine Community into diverse settings and sectors. He is committed is to making the experience of genuine Community commonplace and abundant everywhere for everyone. 

He is one of a handful of individuals to train and work with his mentor and colleague M. Scott Peck, M.D., renowned bestselling author of The Road Less Traveled and The Different Drum, and developer of the original Community Building (CB) process.  Edward is committed to preserving and protecting the integrity of Dr. Peck’s work while also offering new CB formats to meet today’s many urgent challenges. 

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Originally coming from a business background, Edward is also President of Ed Groody & Associates, Inc., an organization development consulting firm. He and his team of consultants have been helping companies get exceptional business results and create a Spirit of Community in the workplace since 2001. He has facilitated highly successful financial and cultural turnarounds, team development projects, and change efforts in healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment, and government. They specialize in helping implement change in a way that engages and honors people. Prior to founding his consulting firm, Edward served as Director of Organization Development with Covenant Health, a large health care system in East Tennessee, USA.  Following the many impacts of Covid in 2020-21, he now devotes the majority of his time is writing about and teaching Community Building, and leading CBI.

 Edward was part of the founding group that organized and facilitated the first men’s conferences in the 1980-90s with Robert Bly, renowned poet and grandfather of the men’s movement. He is a longtime student of contemplative and mindfulness meditation practices. In addition to his full-time Community Building consulting and training, he leads sacred poetry meditation, centering prayer, and other mindfulness/contemplative workshops for businesses, retreat centers, universities and religious groups. Edward’s new books From Chaos to Community: Essential Community Building and Civility Skills, and Sacred Poetry Meditation will be released in 2024.


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