As a builder, or co-creator, of intentional communities she is spot on here with that very simply core statement:
Key to community building, however, is good governance and decision-making processes.
Dynamic Governance is an innovative approach to governance based on scientific principles. It combines the best business practices with the principles of cybernetics and systems thinking to create modern organizations — including communities whose governance meetings are more effective, more productive, and more efficient. Among its many benefits, Dynamic Governance:
- Streamlines decision-making while reducing tension around power
- Maximizes decision-making effectiveness and efficiency
- Kindles creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit
- Decreases number of meetings and increases their productivity
- Increases individual engagement, productivity, and commitment
- Builds relationships and community belonging
- Provides a structure that assures ongoing progress, learning, and improvement
I find her references very poignant, so I am including them as a screen shot here. Click on the text-image and it will lead you to to her page.
"When we collaborate together all manners of innovations are possible."
I like her schools proposal, of learning as teams. Is that not already happening? Yes, to a certain degree, but may be not yet in the intergenerational way as well as the contribution to community. Plus the linking with the housing solutions ... i does make one's heart hope, ESPECIALLY thinking that the decision making dratt might become fun as well as reliable with an actually working system of decision making?
A good quote to take with you:
“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist teacher