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Gratitude: the most powerful & overlooked energy source in community

Artwork by Jonathan Calugi for Holstee

I found that gratitude is the simplest and yet most powerful source of reward in a community.

So why isn’t it common practice?

A culture of gratitude

  • Rolemodeling: What if community leaders actively and regularly show gratitude to others?
  • Rituals: What if every gathering starts or ends with saying thank you to the people who made it happen?
  • Core value: What if gratitude is one of the group’s explicit principles?
  • Celebration: What if every time someone steps out of a leadership role, there is a gratitude celebration for that person?

A beautiful example of a gratitude ritual

Thank you

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Fabian Pfortmüller

Grüezi, Swiss community weaver in Amsterdam, co-founder Together Institute, co-author Community Canvas, fabian@together-institute.org | together-institute.org