Coming Home: Community, Creativity and Consciousness by Cheryl Charles, Bob Samples

By Cheryl Charles, Bob Samples

In a time of unusual swap and isolation, this e-book specializes in the right way to create environments the place extra contributors can suppose adored, effective, and fulfilled. innovations are advised for tapping into one's artistic strength and placing that expertise to paintings, leading to higher overall healthiness and stability in family members, company, college, social, and civic settings. subject matters addressed contain the ability of phrases, metaphor, traditional publications to neighborhood construction, studying kinds, intercultural studying, middle personalities, and how you can decrease rigidity and prejudice.

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Rituals are lost and traditions often lack authenticity in our contemporary, complex society. Many stories are being lost as well. Creating and participating in rituals, sustaining traditions, and protecting and perpetuating stories, are important community-building techniques. Creating a Shared Vision When beginning a community from scratch, a process for creating a shared vision is essential. When a community already exists, there must be a process for continually invigorating the vision, making sure it is understood and felt important by most members.

Female lions are killers and also attentive mothers. A number of other attributes may come to mind— resourcefulness, power, beauty. In contrast, consider this: She was a bulldozer in the meeting. Gone are the images of the cunning hunter with lithe maneuverability. In their place is a vision of a hulking machine that destroys whatever is in its path. The woman as bulldozer is a machine. Her power is tied to how much fuel remains in her tanks. The metaphor is inherently limited. Machines have no life.

48 | COMING HOME: COMMUNITY, CREATIVITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS Acknowledging Participation There are diverse ways to acknowledge and affirm the participation of members of a community. They range from listening to giving awards. In every instance, to be effective, they must be authentic. Processes for effectively acknowledging participation can be taught. Identifying Success and Failure This is one dimension of monitoring progress against goals and objectives. It is a way to discern whether or not something is happening.

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