The Touchstone of Organisation reminds us that communities don’t just happen by accident. They happen because of the care community members take to have meetings, keep records, make plans and decide what to do.
Consistent and Comprehensive
Sometimes the processes of belonging to a community include formal structures and processes of joining, membership, role assignment, or agreements about rights and responsibilities. They also include processes for what happens when people are not living up to their responsibilities or respecting the rights of others. These organised ‘getting along’ processes are just as vital to healthy communities as the fun things we do together.
When communities are organising they also do many of the things other groups do by way of making plans, setting goals, identifying programs of work, and evaluating how things are going. It can all sound terribly unenchanting, but it is the opposite. Community organisation is a beautiful and rich experience.