🌈 Welcome to another week in Rosieland, there's a lot going on.
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🔍 Community is being there when someone is looking for you
The question then becomes: to start a community, how do you build a helpful resource?
Today in my random community finds I enjoyed this piece where Inès Le Cannellier reflects on how dance is influenced, for better or worse, by both community and individualism.
When I think about dance nowadays I think firstly of individuals. Individual dancers, choreographers, directors I admire. Influencers and personalities on Instagram, on TikTok, on Youtube, each trying to cement their persona, garnering a certain reputation. I think less of the community that surrounds them, the communities that came before them, that paved the way for them to be here.
We love and believe in community, but when is it too much? Or how can we find and respect the balance we need between community and solitude? A great read from Niall Stewart.
But how much community and connection do we actually need, and does the extent of that need change over the course of our lives? Storr’s research and clinical work led him to conclude that, as we age, our interest in other human beings declines somewhat. “We tend to turn to more impersonal interests,” he said in an interview, “and this shows in the great creators, the great composers, they become less concerned with communication and more interested in communion with their own soul.”
In an increasingly transactional and virtual world, how can we design community interactions and experiences where 'no purchase is necessary'? Is social media this place we can discover?
I’m no scientist, so I don’t know why humans seek out the presence of other people, even ones they don’t know. But I know there’s something magnetic about spaces where strangers can be alone together, and in our increasingly fragmented and polarized society, this is valuable. Sadly, these kinds of public third spaces are increasingly rare.
🌈 This week in Rosieland
∞ From Continuous Community...
- We're failing people by emphasizing self-care when what we need is community care.
- In community, shared ideas are perhaps more important than the relationships made
- Community has too much emphasis on relationships
- The question shouldn't be "what do we automate?”
- The perfect community tool is...