We offer essays and videocasts that outline ways in which we can collectively address the challenges posed by the virus.
Window to Outside World: Use Zoom
A key to engaging with people and organizations outside your home is connecting via your computer and a video conferencing platform. You need to be in touch with other people and it is fortunate that the virus has hit just at the time when most of us have computers and just in time for the introduction of powerful software tools that enable us to talk to and see other people from our community–and from around the world.
While several other video conferencing platforms are available, we suggest using Zoom as a resource during the Pandemic. Here is the link to a special page that Zoom has prepared regarding the Pandemic.
[To access this page, copy the link presented below, delete what is now in the browser (long diagonal box at top of your Internet page) and paste the new link in the browser. Then click on the dark black address that appears just below the browser. It should take you right to the essay.]
Communities of Heart
Heart is at the heart of the matter regarding finding support and offering support outside of our own homes. It is in communities that we will find the ultimate solutions to the problems associated with the virus. We are already seeing some communities around the world that are witnessing a downturn in new infections. These are communities that have taken collective action.
Heart is at the heart of a community providing support and guidance to its members. In many ways, the notion of heart-filled communities goes back to the penetrating analysis conducted by Alexis de Tocqueville in the early 19th Century in his assessment of American democracy and the role played by communities in supporting true democracy. His analysis was revised in the late 20th Century by Robert Bellah and his associates in several books, beginning with Habits of the Heart. An overview of the work done by de Tocqueville and Bellah is provided in an essay to which we provide the link:
While the de Tocqueville and Bellah analyses are specific to the United States (and Canada in the case of de Tocqueville’s analysis), we believe that the insights being offered and challenges being posed are relevant to communities throughout the world.
Building a Neighborhood Community
What does a community of heart look like in the age of coronavirus? We have been told many wonderful stories about how neighbors are building a new community to share support and encouragement with one another.
Here is a link to a very special example of this neighborly support in a Baltimore Maryland neighborhood.
[To access this videocast, copy the link presented below and paste it in the browser (long diagonal box at top of your Internet page). Then click on the address that appears just below the browser. It should take you right to the videocast which you activate by clicking on the “play” arrow.]
Building Communities of Support. Health and Commerce
Dr. William Bergquist, member of the Global Psychology Task Force offers insights and suggestions concerning the ways in which we can build an access communities of care and support. communities of health, and communities of commerce.
In building these communities of heart — whether they be focused on care, health or commerce, we often discover unknown strengths in ourselves and in other members of our new communities. One of our task force members, for instance, recently received a facebook posting (via You Tube) of her dentist singing her own version of the Bohemian Rhapsody. Not only is the dentist a good singer, she is also a very clever lyricist offering advice through her singing about not only oral health but also other virus-related health habits. Yet another surprise was reported by a task force member regarding a colleague’s hidden photographic talents. Her colleague (a college professor) is posting wonderfully soothing pictures on facebook–complete with soundtrack (his favorite music). We can offer many other examples regarding the surfacing of hidden talents, but the singing dentist and photographing teacher illustrates the point: communities of heart are often communities of personal and collective invention. Once hidden talents are revealed on behalf of the community — and appreciated by other members of the community.