Building Intentional Community (BIC)
All for One & One for All
“The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of the human soul lives the whole community,
and in the community the strength of the individual human soul is living.” ~Rudolf Steiner
For the last four years BIC (Building Intentional Community) has looked deeply into the social dynamic of bullying, teasing & exclusion to implement practical social inclusion strategies, for building agreement, & furthering communication.
With the guidance of Kim John Payne’s Justice without Blame strategies we have experienced these intense social encounters as a rite of passage – not the absence of peace, but the beginning of it.
Therefore it becomes crucial that conflict is not avoided but channeled. Putting our training into action we recognize that the nature of these encounters can be guided with consciousness & wisdom to bring healing & wholeness.
- Human beings need a healthy social environment in which to grow and develop.
- Human beings need to take increasing responsibility for their actions as they grow from childhood into adulthood.
Goals & Actions
- Provide structure and support for individuals seeking resolution of a conflict.
- Cultivate the development and practice of conscious, shared agreements that will establish healthy relationships between students, teachers, staff and parents.
- We are working with the PTO to bring BIC to the ‘Commons on the Corner’ and we hope set up possible outside speakers on topics of Restorative Justice & Social Intelligence;
- We’ve added a BIC parent member to the Welcoming and Circle of Friends Committee
- We hope to create an informational DVD on social inclusion with the communications dept.
- Sharing Tips and updates about social inclusion strategies:
- Announcements will be presented in the school bulletin
- Faculty members of BIC have presented BIC initiatives at full faculty meetings, and will continue with monthly check-ins
- We are implementing community surveys to make sure your voice is heard
PACT (Peaceful Action for a Community of Tolerance)
We must strive for a positive learning environment in our school, and as students in the school we will follow this PACT. We want a community where each person is:
- Listening with acceptance and striving for understanding without judgment.
- Being interested in each other’s opinions and celebrating the diversity in our school.
- Taking action and speaking out whenever there is exclusion, gossip, or ridicule.
- Keeping each other’s confidences.
- Viewing the teachers as allies, and seeking their help in difficult situations.
- Practicing forgiveness, and making apologies.
- Being kind.
- Speaking our minds while respecting the boundaries, thoughts and feelings of others.
- Being responsible for the consequences of our speech and actions.
In this environment, we hope everyone will feel free to be themselves and speak their opinions,
honestly, respectfully and with conviction.
Our Indicators of Progress/Success
- Conflicts are resolved in a timely and satisfactory manner
- Members of the community feel safe in raising an issue, concern or question. They are willing to ask for help and choose to participate in the social inclusion process.
- Parents, teachers and staff utilize BIC and PACT for support with social inclusion issues.
- Members of the community are confident that CWS provides a healthy environment for learning and social development.
In reflecting back on all the work we’ve done over the past three years, our foundation is strong, our purpose clear and in alignment with the mission of CWS, our resolve is engaged as we continue, with your help, to Build Intentional Community.
Rudolf Steiner’s words are especially relevant to this issue of building intentional community with the developing child contributing to and learning in a healthy and happy environment:
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives” —Rudolf Steiner
Submitted by Hazel Lucchesi Ginsberg