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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Community

Parker J. Palmer

"When we treat community as a product that we must manufacture instead of a gift we have been given, it will elude us eternally. "

The Inner Edge, August/September 1998

Community is not a goal to be achieved but a gift to be received. Community must be present in the individual as “a capacity for connectedness and requires authentic leadership that can create trustworthy, self-sustaining spaces where people can bring their human resourcefulness. Parker J. Palmer suggests new paradigms for community, such as inviting in “the enemy” and embracing conflict, creating “pockets of possibility” beyond bureaucratic hierarchy, and calling on a wider understanding of leadership.