Community offers the promise of belonging and calls for us to acknowledge our interdependence. To belong is to act as an invitation as an investor, an owner, and creator of this place. To be welcome, even if we are strangers. As if we came to the right place and are affirmed for that choice. -- Peter Block
Community is a rich and fascinating concept. It evokes a sense of belonging and respect, a feeling of common cause, a recognition not only of independence for its individual members, but also of interdependence between those members. And it does so in a non-forceful way. It's a choice, a desire, a way of looking at the world, and a way of belonging within it.
This sense of belonging is something that we believe is meant to be shared. Not only with our internal community, but also with our clients, the larger professional and technical communities we are a part of, and the geographic communities we reside in. It offers up isolation and trades it in for belonging to something greater than ourselves. Which for us, at Mutually Human, impacts our approach to crafting software.
For example, when we choose isolation,we are our own limiting factor in all that we do. And when we choose collaboration without the qualities of community we are limited by working disparately even though we are together. But, when we come together as a community we are only limited by the richness of the relationships, the quality of the conversations, and the collection of skills and experiences we can pull from.
This is how we approach what we do at Mutually Human: from working together in often cross-functional ways, to pushing and acting as a catalyst in each other's personal and professional growth, to enjoying who we work with and who we do work for -- because we choose to be a part of a community that lets us together be a whole, the whole that is is greater than the sum of its parts.
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