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The power of groups that are both local and global

Source: Global chapters of American Society for Architectural Engineering and Project Managers

Being part of a local community is energizing.

This is where we get to meet in person. These relationships can actually integrate into my everyday life and they have the potential to become friendships. We can meet over dinner. We get together regularly. We can bring our partners and families and they can meet, too. We can be spontaneous. We can bridge the professional and personal divide that sometimes exists when we meet people in a professional context.

Being part of a global community is also energizing, but for other reasons.

This is where we meet a much bigger variety of people. This is where we often learn the most. It’s in global communities that the human search engine effect works best: the matchmaking between people looking for answers/resources/ideas and people offering solutions is the most efficient. Digital technology makes the logistics of meeting up simple and cheap. And to me, engaging on the global level also feels aspirational: I sense we dream bigger when we are engaging in a global conversation with people from allover the world.

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Fabian Pfortmüller

Fabian Pfortmüller


Grüezi, Swiss community weaver in Amsterdam, co-founder Together Institute, co-author Community Canvas, |