Welcome to your mini-course on

Relationships & Community

Module 1
The Foundation You Need to Build Great Relationships and Forge Strong Community

Module 2
How to Find and Form Great Relationships

Module 3
How to Find and Form Great Communities

Module 4
How to Build Great Communities
A Case Study

Module 5
Everything in the Context of Relationships

Module 1: The Foundation You Need to Build
Great Relationships and Forge Strong Community

As you pursue more training, education, and experience in life you will become better and better at maximizing your time and managing your tasks. But at the end of the day, no matter how well you use your time or how efficiently you complete your tasks, both time and tasks only matter in the context of relationships. In other words, one of the main reasons training, education, and experience are important is because they increase your ability to pursue, build, and maintain healthy relationships with those around you.

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Remember, radical autonomy is based on extreme individualism, but strong community and relationships are built on shared vision. Exit plans are based on prioritizing personal safety above all else, but strong community and relationships are built on commitment for the long haul. Illusions are based on fake and perfected versions of real, imperfect people, but strong community and relationships are based on transparency. Radical autonomy, exit plans, and illusions can be difficult to give up. But don’t forget: you cannot achieve anything worth doing on your own, you don’t live in a safe world, and you were not designed to be fake. You were designed to be real and authentically you, you were designed to live life alongside other people to make living in a dangerous world possible, and you were designed to be in relationship with others because we all need each other to get where we’re going, to do things worth doing, and to make sense of the world around us.

Module 2: How to Find and Form
Great Relationships

We’ve established that great community and relationships are essential pieces of the foundation of a meaningful life. So how do you build them? Let’s start with relationships. 

In this micro-course we’ll use a pneumonic to remember the foundation of every human interaction: The Very Core (Trust, Values, Commitment). How do you increase trust, discover shared values, and decide when to commit? Trust requires transparency, shared values require similar vision for the future, and commitment requires communication. 

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All in all, great relationships require that you be willing to get to know others and to be known by others. And both of these things require shared time and experiences. When you take the time to be transparent with people, to discuss your values and discover the values of those around you, and to communicate, you will be on your way to great relationships.

Module 3: How to Find and Form
Great Communities

We’ve talked about the foundation of relationships and communities and the specific pieces that make up great relationships. Let’s shift and talk about what makes great communities.

We’re talking about how to find and form great communities second because building successful communities requires the ability to build great relationships. Why? Because great relationships multiplied by people is how you get community. But how do you know if a community is healthy? That’s what this session is all about.

We’ll apply The Very Core to communities to gauge the effectiveness, reliability, and ultimately health of the group.

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Communities are defined by trust as exhibited through transparency, values as exhibited through vision, and commitment as exhibited through communication. And just like individual relationships, within a community, the more time you spend together and the more experiences you share, the closer and stronger that community will become.

Module 4: How to Build Great
Communities - a Case Study

In this session, I’m going to share an example from my own life of how to build a great community and form strong relationships. Keep in mind, this case study is intended to demonstrate how the principles behind great communities and relationships look in practice. It is not intended to be an exact recipe that you can duplicate and be guaranteed the same results. The principles will apply, but you’ll need to tweak the details of the exact steps to take based on your unique situation. 

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So, you’ve started a community. Now how do you keep it together so you can continue spending time with each other and sharing experiences? Here are a few suggestions based on my experience:

  • Serve food and ask people to bring snacks. 
  • Identify the core people who show up no matter what and pay attention to their feedback
  • Introduce an experience (preferably something challenging) that requires people to come together towards a common goal
  • Be willing to serve and be served by those in your community

Module 5: Everything in the
Context of Relationships

There is a very real need in our society today for people to understand and apply the art of association, the idea that we are in this together and at the heart of our culture lies relationships and communities. 

Click here to download a reflection and application sheet for module 5.

Life expectancy has seen a drastic decrease in recent years that is directly linked to an increase in self harm and suicide. Radical autonomy, exit plans, and illusions are poisoning individuals against themselves while also convincing them that they are all they need. But we were created for more than just ourselves. We were created to be in relationship and community and others. When we talk about how to build great relationships and forge strong communities, we’re not just talking about nice ideas. We’re talking about a literal life and death situation. 

So my challenge to you is: to risk it. To join together, put safety third, to set aside your radical autonomy

Be part of something bigger than yourself. 

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