by Papa Tony
Welcome to my first article in a series that will give step-by-step instructions on building true community. What kind of "community" am I talking about?
Being sweet. Everybody together, being accepting, supportive, affectionate, relaxed, joyful, effective, unified and satisfied. If you have been following my writing, you will know that I will be providing actual, PROVEN and successful tips on how to accomplish this in your own area of the world… No matter how dysfunctional, toxic or horrifying your local community has been, up until now. I'm quite aware of the pitfalls.
Things WILL get better, if you're ready to get to work. You have my word on that.
In order to move along with each article, I will have to identify the problems that prevent the good things from happening, first. This may appear to be standard-model bellyaching, but it's not. I promise. Each article will be in parable form, leading to an idealistic and true conclusion.
What qualifies me to write about community? I've been doing this sort of work since 1981, when I became president of a car club, and I realized that the old paradigms didn't work any more. I've been intensively experimenting and observing for three decades. I have hosted over 600 events in my lifetime, and have created twelve affinity-groups that are still around.