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Community: The Structure of Belonging


We are in the business of learning, not teaching or training. All learning and change require a community to sustain it. Learning is a social phenomenon first and content/clarity second. Community, and a sense of belonging, is created by bringing a cross section of the community into a new conversation. If we maintain the old conversations about making the world predictable, measurable, individual focused and leader driven, nothing will change.

The work is to overcome the culture of isolation, fear, and waiting for the leaders to get their act together. This occurs when we shift the conversation from problem solving to possibility, deficiencies and needs to gifts, and blame and barter to ownership and commitment. Peter’s session will be a demonstration of its theory, so the tools of communal transformation will be in the experience.

Peter will define a form of leadership that depends on listening, convening, invitation, and the triumph of questions over answers. This session will minimize PowerPoint and maximize experience. No small task in a world of speed, efficiency, and fast food. This is a shift in the ecology of gathering as the way to sustain healthy culture, high performance, and a carbon free way of being together. All this requires a shift in thinking. He will explore a way of thinking about our places (workplaces, neighborhoods, towns) that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and will discuss what we can do to make that happen. Learn powerful conversations that will shift the focus to engagement and possibility, leading to the creation of a new future. The essence is to take a step forward in our thinking and design about the ways people in communities come together to produce something new for themselves.