What if, when you move into a new city or town, it inclined itself towards you, making all you require to thrive?
This really would be a city that listens.
It isn’t the bricks and concrete of the city, of course, but the people of a city that make themselves available as deep listeners and co-conspirators for creating the future.
‘Group membership makes people feel closer and brings a significant boost in personal confidence and happiness.’*
‘Robotic companionship may seem a sweet deal, but it consigns us to a closed world – the loveable as safe and made to measure.’**
When we retreat into our own worlds, when we guard our borders, we can’t fully know others and we cannot know ourselves^ – the city does not lean toward us.
Yesterday, I was reflecting on the experience of co-creating a space of possibility, a city that listens, in which everyone who enters is able to flourish. When we know our Self and we meet with others, things get interesting.^^
‘That, right there, is a beautiful question for the ages: what do you want to say? Why does it need to be said? What if you could say it in a way that has never before been done? How might you do that?’*^
(*From Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.`)
(**From Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. Looking ahead at the content of her book, Turkle remarks, ‘Later, we will hear teenagers talk about their dread of conversation as they explain why “texting is always better than talking.” Some comment that “sometime, but not now,” it would be good to learn how to have a conversation.’)
(^Neither our present self or future Self.)
(^^Get in touch if you want to find out more about creating spaces of possibility.)
(*^From Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question.)