This week in community building โ€” Issue 59

Community-led futures is a radical act

James Goodman

Communities will come under even greater pressure. Many will be marginalised and forgotten, with terrible repercussions for livelihoods, health and wellbeing. But creating thriving, resilient, powerful communities could be the starting point for a reconfiguration of the way things work. An economy driven by locally-owned and locally-run enterprises rather than wealth-concentrating international banks and big business, and a politics rooted in community participation and radically decentralised decision making, rather than over-centralised policymaking. Such a system, rich with the local social infrastructure that underpins relationships, connections and trust, would have a better chance of creating the conditions for people to lead fulfilling lives, and regenerating the natural world.

โ€˜The community respects usโ€™: how solar projects are empowering women in Yemen

Veronique Mistiaen / Positive News

โ€œAt first, they made fun of us, that we want to do menโ€™s work. But now, the community is respecting us as we are business owners,โ€ said Iman Ghaleb, one of the microgrid owners. โ€œThis project has built the trust and broken the red line in dealing with men. We are now contributing to the family monthly budget to cover food and other life requirements.โ€

The messy politics of Nextdoor

From Vox

โ€œItโ€™s descending into a cesspool of bad conversation,โ€ Wang told Recode. โ€œA lot of folks are very emotionally charged. Theyโ€™re feeling very vulnerable and anxious at the moment, and itโ€™s only amplifying that anxiety.โ€

How to Deal With Difficult People Without Losing Your Mind

Don Johnson

โ€œThere are no difficult conflicts. There are only conflicts we donโ€™t know how to resolve.โ€

Resolving conflict begins with accepting your point of view as just one version of the truth. Thereโ€™s always another story. Resolution will be found through dialogue, not arguing about whose story is right, better, or more complete. Both stories are right.

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