You can't build or own community

I like to remind myself about this kind of perspective with community builders.

I’m not sure if I entirely agree with it, but at the same time I don’t really disagree. :smiley:

I think in my mind I think more in terms of ‘you can’t own community’. I feel like I’ve created conditions to build community in the past, I just don’t own it.

You can’t make someone love you.

You can’t force respect.

You can’t mandate care.

And you can’t build community.

Please be careful with talk of building community.

Community is a consequence of many contextual relationships intertwining over time, more like a meadow than legos.

Nora Bateson (source)

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