The Community as a Whole is More than the Sum of its Parts – Work in Progress

I’ve been working on this mind map this whole weekend and will be working on it some more. You can, if you like also work on it (best to enlarge it before you do that – and even if you want to see it in more detail)… or comment. (More work from 1 & 2. Sept below)


This is the “Community” part of a larger whole that will incorporate “The Internet of Things”. It seems to me that I need to have this part straight before I can go to the next one…

2. Sept.

Have added an important branch to the above map that can be closer (and probably easier) studied on this map:

7 Replies to “The Community as a Whole is More than the Sum of its Parts – Work in Progress”

  1. I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

  2. Lovely work. I might add: identify and celebrate what is working. In the language of Alexander, what are the living centers already present in your community and what can you do to intensify and bring more life to that center? Perhaps this is implied in #7. Participatory design, planning and implementation steps.

    1. Thank you, Thomas. I've learned about Christopher Alexander's work from my friend Helen and are reading his "The Nature of Order" again. Thank you for making this connection – that's really inspiring. Will contemplate on this. Yes, participatory design, by all means, and moving towards a situation where more and more people become aware that they actually can experience the collective center, the collective consciousness, which – as I know from experience – makes it much easier to identify it's "scent" in many social situations and in our community.

    1. It's on my table, and skimming through I'm utterly amazed about the similarities. Maybe we've been 'drinking from similar sources' – mine have been Scott Peck, Voice Dialogue, Participatory Design, Christopher Alexander, Dan Siegel, Dee Hock, Art of Hosting and working with & reflecting on the Living Field and we-fullness that I'm blessed to be able to experience. And conversations with heart-friends always help 🙂

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