Strengthening Communities for True Collaborations

Welcome to Elements of Community!

I am your host, Lucas Root, and in this episode, we are going to talk about how strengthening communities allow people to experience a true collaboration. Joining me in this episode is Peter Laughter, the Chief Inspiration Officer of Kinnext—a consulting and convening company that recognizes human interaction as a key to effective problem solving.

Peter’s purpose is to raise up human connections so they are noticeable and recognizable in our day-to-day life. And have those as a source of inspiration and strength, insight, and belonging.

Here’s just a taste of our talking points this week:

About Peter’s Community

Peter is in several overlapping communities. And the degree to which those overlaps are closer to him or farther away, depending on their connection to Peter’s personal purpose.

He is a Quaker, an entrepreneur, and a change-maker and all of these groups have their own communities. And all of them, the ones that he is connected with or the subsets of those communities that are most connected with are ones that share his purpose or at least purpose adjacent.

Leadership in Quakerism

In Quakerism, the leadership scenario is centered around creating a deeper understanding and connection between that inner light or having an access to the higher truth.

One of which is simplicity, simplicity not just of our surroundings and possessions, but of our thinking so that we can better hear that truth that we have access to.

It also includes Integrity, which is not just doing what you say you’re doing, but staying true to who you are and the requirements of your community.

Other subjects we covered on the show:

  • Peter shared the sub umbrella communities he joined and is currently working with.
  • Meaning of flat hierarchy in Quakerism.
  • The analogy of mushroom hunting.
  • What makes a Quaker an effective leader?
  • How does Peter create and foster engagement inside the community?
  • And then, Peter describes how the community engages with purpose regularly.

If you want to know more about Peter Laughter, you may reach out to him at:


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