Introduction

Building Community & Embracing Diversity

The Art of Compassionate Communication

Facilitation Skills: Decision Making & Conflict Resolution

Personal Empowerment & Leadership Skills

Celebrating Life:
Art & Creativity

Local, Bioregional & Global Outreach

 

1. Building Community & Embracing Diversity
The Power of Building Community Starting Community: the Essentials Finding & Sharing the Vision Embracing Diversity

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world;
indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Building Community & Embracing Diversity

Building community can make all the difference! There is a ‘group mind’ that is far wiser than any individual; there is a group potential far vaster than any solo effort. We live in community as part of the Web of Life anyway, so it is our conscious choice whether we acknowledge this fact and take responsibility for creating a well-knit, positively expressed form of community.

In essence, respecting life means consciously caring for community on all levels. Although we concentrate here on the building of community within the human world, the qualities required to do this are basically the same for our relationships with all the natural worlds as well. Connective thinking and acting is needed in every realm. Developing an ever finer capacity for sensitive observation and communication are the stepping stones. Climbing out of a space of inner judgement, in which we feel that we already know it all, allows us to perceive freshly. This will bring out the true individuality of everybody’s special gifts. Cooperating and sharing then become possible. Building a new global culture is the accumulated product of so much individual and collective work.

Embracing Diversity

All beings, humans, animals and nature, have an intrinsic, equal value. Diversity is a gift which we cherish and celebrate. All separation in the human community, whether due to class, race, political observation, gender or age needs to be healed. For example, many have pointed out that all world citizens have the same right to CO2 emissions—the atmosphere is a common good. The rights of women have been suppressed historically but are gradually improving. And there is a strong movement in all walks of life to find ways of organizing institutions and workplaces so that the combined contributions of all involved are honored and synergetic.

But will equal rights solve all problems? Is increased institutionalization of children, old and handicapped necessarily the best form of organization? The Scandinavian welfare states are thought by many to have found viable solutions. They have solved many problems, but marginalization and loneliness cannot be dealt with only by providing people with an income. The institutionalization of children may not be the only answer. A modernization of the welfare state has taken place through private initiatives over the last 40 years. Cohousings, especially for the elderly, and intentional communities have sprung up in great numbers in Denmark and is spreading to the whole world. This movement can be seen as a response to the need for everybody to be part of Thomas Berry’s “communion of subjects” .

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Beyond You and Me

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