We want to live in a world where violence isn’t the norm, and we believe this world is possible. To interrupt the roots of violence in our homes, communities, institutions, and policies we must begin by shifting from living in separate and fractured ways to being in relationship with fierceness and hope.
We believe that building community together is an essential pathway to creating the world we want.
What community means is deeply personal to each of us. It can be the family we’re born into, our chosen family, friends, or a place. Community is created when we come together with others who share aspects of our culture, identity, values, interests, or ways of being.
Throughout Resonance Network, people are coming together in communities around the country to build relationship and take action together in powerful ways. This includes connecting deeply through sharing stories about our lives, celebrating the everyday sacred, telling the truth about struggles and injustices, and working together to create meaningful change.
From May through July 2019, Resonance Network will be engaging in a series of conversations to explore these questions and grow our community building work together. Below is our call for participation -- we invite you to join us!
Community is the pathway to a balanced, interconnected way of being where all people can thrive. Exploitation, oppression, and violence flourish with isolation and individualism.
We believe community building is the most radical form of resistance to the violence and oppression we currently face. Though community has been under attack for generations, it is an essential practice of humanity, rooted in hope and interconnection.
We practice, remember, interconnect and become unstoppable.
What is community to you?
Across Resonance, we experience community as the deep relationship and energy generated when we live, work and play in the awareness of our interconnection.
We understand that it can be the family we’re born into, our chosen family, friends, or a place. It can be created when we come together with others who share aspects of our culture, identity, values, spiritual journey, work, or interests.
What are we practicing?
When we’re actively building community, we’re on a journey with others to be together in ways that reflect the norms of the world we want and deserve. We do community-building through different activities and contexts, whether through sharing food or art, telling stories, or talking through disagreements together.
Some of the ways that we experience these moments together might include:
- Openly communicating, listening, and reflecting
- Loving and forgiving while holding accountable
- Embracing joy, lightness, and play
- Trying new things, taking risks, and being vulnerable
- Caring, supporting, and connecting with one another
- Struggling through difficulties
- Bearing witness, holding, and showing up for each other
- Evolving, growing, and changing together
- Allowing space for fear, shame, sadness, or conflict without judgment
- Building each other up
- Providing guidance for one another
As we grow and deepen our connections, we can harness our relational power to transform not only the places we live and work, but also social norms, policies and structures.
Join Community in Focus
An Invitation to Join This Conversation!
The series of interactions that are part of this “Uptick” are geared towards defining, building and imagining the evolution of community building within a community of practitioners who are actively working in the field. There are a number of ways you can join this conversation.
You can contribute to our gallery of community builders.
Respond to the question: “What is community to you?” Take a selfie, share your name, location and include a few sentences about what community is to you. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org!
You can participate in any and all of our Peer Learning Calls:
Topic 01: Learning from Each Other: Exploring Shared Experiences and Perspectives - Tuesday, June 4 at 3 ET/12 PT
In this first call, we will unpack how each of us define community; what is important about community in our work; and how we leverage community-building to push our work forward. Some questions that we might address in this call are: What is your process, what are the essential practices or ways of being that help communities thrive: breathing together, sharing food, sitting in circle, etc? How do you disrupt the roots of harmful power structures, colonization, and oppression in your practice? How do you create spaces for communities that are healing, fluid, and inclusive?
Topic 02: Where We Are: The Challenges and Opportunities of Building Community - Tuesday, June 11 at 3 ET/12 PT
In this second call, we will go deeper into what we experience as the assets and barriers to building strong, lasting and authentic community. In addition to examining in more detail the specific assets of community that support the work that we do, we will ask and answer questions such as: How do we support creativity? How do we build a bigger we? What stops people from doing this kind of work? How do we engage people in meaningful and deep conversation that turns into action? What are the barriers and how do we address them?
Topic 03: Building the Now: Creating New Modes of Community - Tuesday, June 18 at 3 ET/12 PT
In this third call, we’ll go deeper into thinking about how the integration of the emerging world view works within community, and how it might catalyze new forms of community that are decentralized, autonomous and mutually supportive. Questions and topics we will address in this call might be: How does your purpose continue to evolve and deepen? Once you have a community coming together how to you keep your stance open enough to invite others in and hold it intact? Are there themes in the Emerging World View to organize learning around? How does everyone see their ownership and sacred responsibility? How do we build community when we are separate (distributed geographically)?
You can join us for an In Person Gathering
In this in person gathering, we’ll build on the discussions we had online and start to conceive of new strategies to build and sustain community together specifically addressing the barriers previously defined. The specific dates for this are TBD, but will be the week of July 15th . Please submit your name to our save the date list via the "Community in Focus" sign up form. (to the right >>)