Ep025-Featured_0005Networks vs Communities is a question we asked ourselves during one of our conversations, and it seemed worthy enough to spend an episode on.

It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual.
The next Buddha may take the form of a community -a community practising understanding and loving kindness, a community practising mindful living.
This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Networks vs Communities

We feel there is a significant difference between a network and a community, and that this difference is something that needs to be considered when people talk about on-line and off-line communication and relationships.

Networks are artificial, seem to be more utilitarian as more something you “do” rather than “are”.

Communities have inherently a deeper human thread running through it. It has the capability to feeds and nourishes us as people, rather than provide a certain list of assets.

A network is just a structure, it is just a bunch of connections and it doesn’t describe how the connections are lived. It seems cold, hard.., analytical. There is little life in a network, whereas a community teems with life. It is per definition a living entity.

A community is greater than the sum of its parts.
A network is only equal to its parts.

But there is a sweet spot?

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Rogier Noort