What can we do together that we cannot do alone?

On Sept. 27th roughly 100 of us gathered at the Impact Hub for a night of food, networking, connection, celebration and community building. When we asked "what can we do together that we cannot do alone?" we got an amazing array of responses. Here they are:

COLLABORATION (+10)

Moving beyond silos. Solutions that solve world & individuals problems. Bringing healthy foods to children through community involvement.
Build on past successes, create organically growing moving entities >> progressing, moving forward
Decreased sense of individualism, increased sense of self based on relationship to others
Support to achieve our vision of an ideal future
Collaboration requires specialities of multiple community members. Products created by individuals serve only one purpose. In order to create buildings, transit, government, etc. that serve a community, we must collaborate as a community
Coalition building and learning from one another
Ubuntu: I am myself because of others
All action beyond individual action requires community
Direct dialogue (+1)
It is a neurosis of our culture that we believe we are EVER actually alone. Unifying groups and creating communities from traditionally polarized groups can build strong communities.

COMMUNITY:

We can create a safety net held strong by many—once connected, we get joy, companionship, a listening friend—a witness to our living.
We need to continue to meet as a collective on a regular basis. We need to move out of our busy silos in order to create a collective, driven movement.
Whole community engagement. Opportunity growth, joining forces—non-competative
We are never truly alone & realizing this continues the path forward towards a healthy planet and life.
A shift in society from the needs and virtues of the individual trumping those of society to the needs and virtues of the individual and community benefiting each other.

PERMACULTURE // BIOMIMICRY:

Community & growth on all levels. The need to break down & move beyond the boundaries of how we think of collaboration >> i.e. architecture expanding to include input by nature, botanists, artists… How does everything fit in the bigger picture? That bigger picture must include nature.
Sustainable, beautiful, nature-focused infrastructure
Regenerative communities (+1)
Regenerative methods of design are only discovered through community oriented design processes that are inclusive

LAND USE:

Land use to bring people together (play football, soccer, dance, etc.)
More farming! (+1)
Communal living & looking after each other
Housing co-ops!
Environments that encourage and enable the embracing of uncertainty that’s necessary to create massive change
Regenerative community. Values, connections. Sustainable future.

FUTURE:

Together we can plan for the future, for future generations rather than just our immediate benefit. Community long-range plans are the best for a better future.
A new narrative.
We naturally abandoned the pattern of 1 person speaking at a time
Progress
Change is constant
At this moment of transition we can call on our past of action for the future (open space, education funding, bike paths, blue line) - we can create good futures for the long-term.
Art of the possible

HEALING:

Intercultural reconciliation: each group can do some healing by itself, but requires building bridges with other groups to complete the healing
Understanding of each other's passions and concerns to find points of intersections which can lead to change
Global ecological revolution led by indigenous peoples and joined in solidarity by numerous social movements and allies
A culture of dignity
Training our minds & bodies  >> preparing people for action
The importance of intergenerational empowerment. Passing on lessons from generation to generation.
Role of faith communities to find collective courage

CHOICE:

We can all agree to do something else
What can we create together? Anything. Good or bad, we have the power to choose.
Collaborative agreement to address climate change.
Culture—the things we share with family and friends at the end of the day. The things we choose to articulate.
Just do the revolutionary thing >> agree to do something
Revolution: Leave excessive trash at shops that produce them

TRANSPORTATION:

Carpool everywhere! Especially to the mountains. Gather in specific areas where people know to go to find a carpool
Sustainable transportation. Need to work together with wider community.

TRANSPARENCY:

Bring action out from behind closed doors, private action. Small group // community action!
Need to focus on long-term outcome. Move out from closed door discussion.

TECH:

Inaturalist app
Citizen science
Utilize meetups

ART:

Community Art
Sustainable creative participatory paradigm—shifting alternatives to current realities of competitive status quo mentalities.
Visionary artist >> those compelled to create (untrained). Baltimore >> most fantastic music in the US.

LOVE (+3):

Interpersonal intimacy >> Intimacy and purpose
Create intimacy and continuity together
Connecting in love reflections to each other >> social consciousness (+1)
Empathy, belonging, intentionality, laughter
Positive collective consciousness