Below is a list of possible values which may be realized as we work toward our purpose. We need to make and keep a distinction between value and purpose. For instance, a possible and probable result of these gatherings may be the development of a safer neighborhood. However, developing a safer neighborhood is not our purpose. If it becomes our purpose, most of the other possibilities on this list will not be realized.

Gatherings can be such that every neighbor will find value in them and want to participate, but not everyone will necessarily enjoy the same values.

  • Building trust and acceptance.
  • Friendship.
  • Safety and Security.
    • Neighborhood watch.
    • “Safe Houses” for children.
  • Recreation and enjoyment of life.
  • Discovering local resources (Asset Based Community).
    • Borrow a wheelbarrow, lawn mower, chainsaw, cup of sugar, etc…
    • Caring by sharing.
    • Access to the wisdom of elders.
      • Providing a valuable role for the elderly.
      • Restoring the lost value of storytelling.
  • Improving the environment.
    • Thinking “green” – using local resources, i.e., neighborhood garden, reduce dependence upon autos, etc…
    • Subverting the “consumer economy”.
  • Forming an extended family.
    • Providing a sense of belonging.
    • Creating a tribal environment for raising children (it takes a tribe).
    • Creating a safe and healthy environment in which to raise children.
  • Personal improvement.
    • Rise to new levels of social, physical, spiritual development.
  • Political power.
    • Inverting the top-down control of the governing elite over citizens.
  • Adding greater meaning and purpose to our life.
  • Enriching relationships.
  • Neighborhood schools.
  • Raising property values.
  • Mentoring for children & adults.
    • Access to neighbors willing to share experience and education.
  • Sharing an ethic of love & trust.


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