Supporting community

I’m not one for lists but I liked Meg Wheatley’s 12 principles for supporting healthy community posted by Chris Corrigan. This challenge to allow for conversation is great:

Conversation is the way that humans have always thought together. In conversation we discover shared meaning. It is the primal human organizing tool. Even in the corridors of power, very little real action happens in debate, but rather in the side rooms, the hallways, the lunches, the times away from the ritual spaces of authority and in the the relaxed spaces of being human. In all of our design of meetings, engagement, planning or whatever, if you aren’t building conversation into the process, you will not benefit from the collective power and wisdom of humans thinking together. These are not “soft” processes. This is how wars get started and how wars end. It’s how money is made, lives started, freedom realized. It is the core human organizing competency.

And this is good too:

Everything is a failure in the middle, change occurs in cycles. We’re doing new things, and as we try them, many things will “fail.” How do we act when that happens? Are we tyrannized by the belief that everything we do has to move us forward?

1 thought on “Supporting community

  1. Chris Corrigan

    Just to be clear…in my post the boldface principles are Meg’s and the baldface commentary is mine!

    Oh and of course, as regards lists:

    1. They are reductionist

    2. They are pithy.

    3. …but we’ve done this before!



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