Society is one integrated system. Imagine it as a wheel: it can only work when all the spokes align in the center and on the rim. To make one spoke longer or to have another missing makes the wheel wobbly. Our efforts must strengthen the whole wheel. The question is how each activity supports others.
This perspective of community building requires a new kind of leadership: leaders who stand, first and foremost, at the center of the wheel and lead from the knowledge that economy, environment, education, equity, aesthetics, ethics, justice, health are all equally important. The result of all our work should be a multiple victory – it is good for many spokes of the society wheel.
At Pomegranate Center, we believe that every community benefits from leaders who understand how to be community builders – to collaborate, look for multiple victories, and turn differences into gifts. Our training programs are designed to inspire city staff, design professionals and grassroots leaders – anyone whose work would benefit from broad community participation – to become community builders in their daily work.
Here are a few resources to get you started:
Building Better Communities Handbook: A free and fast read on ideas for bringing people together to make your community work
Multiple Victories: A book about Pomegranate Center’s Art of Creating Community-Crafted Gathering Places