What’s possible here & who cares? A powerful question for any community

Fabian Pfortmüller
Apr 21 · 2 min read

We recently hosted a call with Meg Wheatley, who has been doing work at the intersection of community and social impact for many years.

She reminded us of a beautiful question that communities can ask as they start out: What is possible here and who cares?

I had read about this question before in a different context, but forgotten about it. Coming back to it, I found it an incredibly powerful question for any community to ask, because it combines two crucial elements.

What is possible here

  • This question invites into deep listening and collective dreaming. Instead of looking to a leader to provide a mission statement, we look to each other. We start attuning to each other.

Who cares

  • The question would be incomplete without this second part.

This is a question that deserves to be revisited regularly. As the community members individually continue to evolve, the collective answer to these questions will evolve, too.

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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