Dr. Iris Kunze, IFIS
It seems that, while in former times, people were born into communities and the challenge was to develop their individuality, today we are rather born as individuals and have to find or create our communities. What is the notion of community today in individualized, free societies allowing us to live our own life style? Humans are social beings and cannot sustain themselves; they need others or at least technology made by others. Therefore, mutual dependency cannot be avoided. We will have a look – based on empirical studies – why free, individualized people are longing for community and why so many initiatives pop up in the last decades. Can a transmodern community of responsible, free humans be an answer to create a more flexible and free society? Aspects of the character and best practices of such ‘post-individualised’, transmodern communities including spiritual and personal growth will be introduced based on selected examples. The participants of the colloquium are invited to share their own experiences aiming at the main question of: What kind of ‘communality’ can integrate individual freedom and collective responsibility and cooperation? What are the foundations and best practices of a community X.0? And how can it be created?