As a “Community for Process and Practice” virtually everything the Cobb Institute does involves the creation of or collaboration with communities. Inspired by the vision of a world in which all things are interconnected, interdependent, and interbecoming, the notion of community is woven into the fabric of our identity. We are, as John Cobb likes to say, a community of communities that is drawn together by a common vision and a shared desire to bring about creative transformations that help build an ecological civilization.
COMMUNITIES OF COMMUNITIES
Cohorts are typically small groups or micro-communities with a specific area of interest that involves engaging in some type of concrete activity. The central thread that binds each one together is a shared commitment to and participation in a particular type of “hands-on” exercise–e.g., gardening, painting, playing music, making photographs, writing poetry, etc. The purpose of cohorts is thus to provide a supportive environment for those who want to live out process ways of being by engaging in a shared form of behavior that fosters fulfillment and joy among its members and nurtures deep relationships between them.
Growing a Relational World Together
The eco-gardening cohort provides a springboard for imaginative reflection in a process-relational mode, a resource for engaging in creative localization, and a network for connecting like-minded growers. It is open to all who are interested in gardens, whether in the backyard or the community, as well as urban farms, whether small or big. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to participate. The only requirement is that each participant be willing to listen to and learn from one another, share their perspective, and contribute to building an ecological civilization in whatever ways their circumstance allows.
MUSIC FOR ALL AGES
Promoting the Well-being of Others
Through the Performance of Music
Music for All Ages is a cohort of the Cobb Institute to promote the well-being of others through the performance of music, consisting of individuals and teams who volunteer our talents to help create just and compassionate communities.