A Tale of Two Communities
Once upon a time there were two towns, Happyville and Sadville. Both towns were similar in many ways. In the 1980s, they both believed that big business, big government and NGOs would take care of them. They were told their only responsibilities were to pay their taxes, follow the rules and then they would be free to pursue their personal happiness. Governments, business and NGOs told them “Don’t worry, if something bad happens, we have your back.”
For many years, this all seemed to be true and people worked, shopped and were happy. But then they started to notice somethings happening. There didn’t seem to be enough any more for education, health and potholes. They seemed to be busier then they used to be and along with it came stress and worry. Our personal information became public information to be used by business and government for their own reasons that weren’t always in our best interests.
With all the worry, stress and busy-ness, we had little time for getting to know our neighbors and so we started to become strangers living together. Most people had a house, car and vacation, but they could also see the stress cracks forming in what they used to count on as solid.
And then we entered the era of disruption.
Here is where Happyville and Sadville chose different courses. Sadville continued down the path demanding that government and business fix the problems. And of course government and business promised they would.
Happyville chose a different course. They decided that as citizens, they would make sure their community had what it needed to deal with whatever came along. Happyville implemented the Happy Community Process and built up their capacity to roll with punches and self determine the wellbeing of their community.
And then a disruption happened!
Guess which community came out the other end happier.