Principles of Community Design

Principles of Community Design


Sample application of these Principles:

Contemplate the relationships in which we find ourselves and planning for how things might be different in the future.  Keep in mind the natural tendency to want to be in control.

I tell people that any sense of control is an illusion.  Any effort to determine how things will work out in advance will lead to disappointment or frustration . . . because none of us can control how things will work out . . . all we have is influence on events.

The world you experience is a pattern of interactions.  Successful planning for and the creation of new interactions in the pattern is a process that you can influence but not control.   It starts with identifying a need that you can fulfill.  Next, determine what you would need back in order to fulfill that need on a repeating basis. You can then make an offer to engage in that exchange.  Your offer may be accepted or it may be rejected.  You control only what you offer.  You do not control what offers are accepted.

This is what we mean by "Hold open an offer and learn from acceptance and rejection".  That process allows us to learn to be effective in exercising our influence.  You can learn to use your resources strategically to build new interactions into the pattern that lead in the direction of the world we want.

This may be the most important aspect of teaching fishing.  Set your bait, cast your lines, and be ready to reel in your catch . . . in the mean time, relax and enjoy the scenery.