A Community of Thought

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF THOUGHT?

WHY COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHT?

WHAT MAKES THINKING INTERDEPENDENT?

HOW ARE CAPACITIES FOR INTERDEPENDENT THINKING DEVELOPED?

HOW ARE COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHTS SUSTAINED?

Here are responses to these questions chosen by Laura Lipton & Bruce Wellman

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF THOUGHT?

A [community of thought embraces a] process through which parties who see different aspects of a problem can constructively explore their differences and search for solutions that go beyond their own limited vision of what is possible. —Barbara Gray, Collaborating:  Finding Common Ground for Multiparty Problems

WHY COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHT?

There is an established method for accomplishing this aliveness that values all voices in the room, uses the small group even in large gatherings, and recognizes that accountability grows out of co-creation. —Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging

WHAT MAKES THINKING INTERDEPENDENT?

A strong community helps people develop a sense of true self, for only in community can the self-exercise and fulfill its nature: giving and taking, listening and speaking, being and doing. —Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life

HOW ARE CAPACITIES FOR INTERDEPENDENT THINKING DEVELOPED?

If it is a credible process (that is, it has both integrity and a fair chance of producing results) and an open process (that is, the dialogue is both honest and receptive to different points of view), then people will invest the energy—the enormous expenditure of energy necessary to make collaboration succeed. Creating and nurturing this open and credible process is extraordinarily important for those who are initiating collaboration. —David Chrislip & Carl Larson, Collaborative Leadership: How Citizens and Civic Leaders Can Make a Difference

HOW ARE COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHTS SUSTAINED?

Because questions are intrinsically related to action, they spark and direct attention, perception, energy, and effort, and so are at the heart of the evolving forms that our lives assume. —Marilee Goldberg, The Art of the Question

 

From: Creating Communities of Thought Skills, Tasks, and Practices by Laura Lipton & Bruce Wellman From:  The Power of the Social Brain: Teaching, Learning and Interdependent Thinking by Arthur L. Costa and Pat Wilson O’Leary, 2013, Teacher’s College Press 61 -68

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