We gather in neighborhoods, congregations and committees. The ways we choose to do so, matters. In an age of isolation and urban individualism, community building becomes a principal activity of leadership. The leadership task is not to provide answers or drive change, but to create “hospitable space” and invite “collective attention” to what is important.1 How we gather, who is invited, and how their individual gifts are valued is significant. “Every time we gather becomes a model of the future we want to create.”2 Invite conversation. Listen to voices on the margin. Open doors for change. Cultivate belonging. Build community.
1Juanita Brown and David Isaacs (2005). World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, p 40.
2Peter Block (2008). Community: The structure of belonging. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, p 32.