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CHAPTER 6: INVITE GENUINE COMMUNITY

There are many ways to talk about the mysterious territory where an assortment of individuals turn into a community. The following are five active elements that make stepping into such a sense of genuine community more likely:

  • Be truthful and trustworthy
  • Keep in touch with the purpose and your passions
  • Work imaginatively
  • Face up to difficult conversations
  • Use the power of pauses

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“To meet together is a complicated business. Too many meetings are unproductive and worse uninspiring. It is vital that meetings are not seen as necessary evils but as events in a process of getting things done and making change. Meeting Together is a resource book which does more than provide useful tips and helpful techniques. It enables a deep understanding of why the act of meeting is essential to our human condition. It demonstrates how the relationships that are formed within the meeting are the dynamo which make things happen. Above all Meeting Together offers an understanding of what it is to meet with a purpose and to maximise the value of truly human contact.”
Vaughan Jones Chief Executive, PRAXIS The place for people displaced