Can a community be planned? Yes and no

Fabian Pfortmüller
Apr 8, 2019 · 2 min read
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As we are working on the next iteration of the Community Canvas, an existential question keeps surfacing: can communities even be planned? My feeling is yes and no 🙂

No, communities can not be planned

  • A community is a living being, not a machine that can be drawn up on a piece of paper and then be put together according to the plan. When we use the word “community”, really what we mean is the collective set of relationships and beliefs among a group of people that exists over an extended period of time. The complexity of that is hard to capture and influence in any medium.

Yes, communities still need a plan

  • Only because communities can’t fully be planned, I still believe that communities need a plan, and ideally that plan has a written element to it. I have observed so much confusion in many of the communities I am part of: who are we and what is this all about? Unless there is somewhere an attempt at capturing a collective answer of what this community is, it will be hard to align the different elements in the community.

What do you think?

Originally published at http://together.is on April 8, 2019.

Together Institute

Hi there, we are Together Institute, we exist to help…

Together Institute

Hi there, we are Together Institute, we exist to help people and organizations build more meaningful communities. Here is where we share what we learn and think about. https://www.together-institute.org/

Fabian Pfortmüller

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Grüezi, Swiss community builder in NYC, author of @CommunityCanvas, co-founder Together Institute, fabian@together.is www.together.is

Together Institute

Hi there, we are Together Institute, we exist to help people and organizations build more meaningful communities. Here is where we share what we learn and think about. https://www.together-institute.org/

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