|Diversity and values||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Adele94121 (Adele94121aol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 08:37 CDT|
I'm actually Dan Robinson. I used to be subscribed here, but dropped it when I changed my address to Dan1R [at] hooked.net, (temporarily itseems). I've been reading Adele's downloads. I may have said some of the following here before, but I still like it. A members of a viable community must be similar enough to communicate well (in fact communication is the measure of community), and diverse enough to have something new to say. "Enough" is the salient, if somewhat variable, point. Rob adds to this formula that a beginning community needs more similarity and less diversity in order to survive. As he says, the core group should define its joint values and be selective about new members, in the beginning. Hopefully, as survival needs lessen, and as you perhaps begin to feel a bit bored with hearing the same thoughts repeated (such as the above), you may want to be more flexible. But as he suggests, there are many different dimensions around which to differ.It's hard to find a core group that agrees on everything (unless, of course, the "core group" is one person). It's even harder to identify the prio rity areas, and to put them into writing that still makes sense to all the next day. A group that sticks to it's core values may survive, but will it be meaningful, or will it vegetate? Will it perhaps become a cult that cuts itself off from the maistream, thereby losing communication ability with the mainstream, therby cutting itself off ever further? One problem is that with the great shortage of communities, people try to accept many with too diverse views. It's partly a matter of each member's balance between getting their own way, and making the community work. I think we all spread our allegiance between many levels of community - self, "family" neighborhood, region, world etc. I look forward to the time when we can make selections among many communities, and many searchers, in every area, and there'll be one right for almost everyone. Also if we get away from commitment, dependence, addiction to one house, one community, one locale, we can reconsider and be more mobile if the first one doesn't work out. As we develop not just joint goals for each community, but a "community catalog", we'll be better able to select, as well as figure out what we're looking for, in our personal communities.
- RE: Diversity and values Rob Sandelin, April 12 1995
- RE: Diversity and Values Buzz Burrell, April 17 1995
- RE: Diversity and Values Rob Sandelin, April 17 1995
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