Characteristics of Authentic Community

• Inclusive

• Clear boundaries

• Affirm individuals as they are and may become

• Mutuality: freedom and equality

• Commitment

• Realism

• Awareness

• Openness

• Vulnerability: attention to safety

• Honest

• Disagreement without disagreeability (fair fights)

• Celebrate and transcend difference

• Love of community

• Leaderful

adapted from: Peck, Starhawk, others