Building Community Blog

At the recent All Church meetings, there was mention of wanting to discuss issues and reach consensus on some.

I was reminded of dyads.

Dyads are two-person interactions.  For example, a handshake is a dyad.

If there were 60 people in the sanctuary on a Sunday and everyone shook hands with everyone else, how many dyads would there have been?

The answer is 1770. ( 60 X 59 = 3540 divided by 2 = 1770. )

A handshake can be a start at a reciprocal relationship.

Reaching consensus is more likely in groups where a lot of people have reciprocal relationships:

I’ll do this for you, if you do that for me.  I’ll give on this, if you give on that.

See similarities, hear differences, touch adversaries, speak connectedness.