I am a Member of a Community of Thinkers

Jean Tabaka and others devised this statement, and I love it. I heartily endorse it. To my mind, community provides the best mechanism for continuous learning, for continuous improvement, and for whatever safety we can expect from the world. Were I asked, I would add the meme of Network Weaving as an essential evolutionary mechanism for any community of thinkers, but that’s just the hippie in me.

Well done Jean, Liz, Eric, and others. Good stuff:


A Community of Thinkers

I am a member of a community of thinkers.

I believe that communities exist as homes for professionals to learn, teach, and reflect on their work.

I challenge each community in the software industry to:

  • reflect and honor the practitioners who make its existence possible;
  • provide an excellent experience for its members;
  • support the excellent experience its members provide for their clients and colleagues in all aspects of their professional interactions;
  • exemplify, as a body, the professional and humane behavior of its members;
  • engage and collaborate within and across communities through respectful exploration of diverse and divergent insights;
  • embrace newcomers to the community openly and to celebrate ongoing journeys; and
  • thrive on the sustained health of the community and its members through continual reflection and improvement.

I believe that leaders in each community have a responsibility to exhibit these behaviors, and that people who exhibit these behaviors will become leaders.

I am a member of a community of thinkers. If I should happen to be a catalyst more than others, I consider that a tribute to those who have inspired me.


”A Community of Thinkers” by Liz Keogh, Jean Tabaka and Eric Willeke is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Please attribute to the distributor of your copy or derivative.