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n facing up to today’s often degrad- ing environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-indi-


vidualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.


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Creating Community 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring


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Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws


people into a circle.


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Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally


with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.


Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and


acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.


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Provide food and drink. Tra- ditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously.


Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.


Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless


spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebra- tions that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.


Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving


a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discus- sions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.


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