Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Critical Mass, Achieving a Pandemic of Plenty
By Tom Braford
Critical mass is the minimum amount of something required to start or maintain a project or venture. It begins a chain reaction and follows the same laws of contagion as communicable diseases, but what if we actively pursue it to create a positive social movement!?
According to British anthropologist, Robin Dunbar, there is a predictable healthy social pattern for optimum performance. He says we all need 3 to 5 confidants, intimate friends we can talk with about anything that’s going on with us. Then, we need 12 to 15 best friends, third, 50 good friends, and finally, a committed community of 150 to 200 friends.
Cohousing and Ecovillages make it easier to achieve and maintain a healthy community, as long as we share many levels of commitment. In our case, these include achieving a carbon negative lifestyle, racial reconciliation, environmental regeneration and less economic disparity.
We need a shared mission and a commitment to a democratic process like Sociocracy that both balance individual agency and initiative with accountability. This makes us virtually unstoppable as social change agents, and it opens up the possibility of positive contagion – a pandemic of plenty like our planet has never known.
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