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Interactive Charter for Co-creation Inquiry -- please respond!
Community is the answer
Inspired by many converging influences in the late 1990's and 2000's, the Berkana Institute proposed a bold and visionary hypothesis: "Whatever the problem, community is the answer."

How could this hypothesis be true? If it could be true in various ways, perhaps profoundly so, what might be the weaknesses or vulnerabilities of this vision?

If we want to strengthen this vision of community as universal solution, what do we need to do?
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How could it be true that "whatever the problem, community is the answer"?

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A community offers a realistic opportunity for applying the methods of "collective intelligence". "We are smarter together."
A community in resonance opens the way to co-creative solutions that did not exist in the mind of any one member of the community.
A community is an opportunity for holism and synergy. Nobody can specialize in everything, but when many specialists cooperate in resonance, fantastic things can happen.



What are the weaknesses of community as solution?

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Though it is a good start, a feeling of unity is not enough. We have to get into the details, and problems can start there.
People do sometimes mistake a feeling of "kumbaya" for a promise of success, and then are shocked to discover that "the devil is in the details".
The collective intelligence of community can be powerful, but it must be coordinated by visionary leadership. "Bottom-up alone" is not enough.



How can we combine what we have learned over the past twenty years into a completely balanced and comprehensive model of community-based solutions?

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We need clear leadership. Ideas must be clarified and brought into focus.
We can't be afraid of leadership, or suppose that collective thinking alone will lead to magical solutions.
We need "servant leadership" in community.