One of the pivotal concepts of Naked Civics is civic design, under which falls a slew of concepts. One such concept, community building, is of particular interest to me today.
A number of years ago, my dad and I joined a few friends up in Alaska for salmon fishing. Salmon are amazing creatures. Born in river streams, they swim out to the ocean for several years and then come back to the very same river to spawn a new generation. They enter the river shiny and beautiful, lay or inseminate eggs, and then they begin to die. They become disfigured, their colors change and they literally rot to the bone. One of my new-to-salmon-fishing friends looked at this with horror and asked our guide what was wrong with the fish. Our guide chuckled and said, “There is absolutely nothing wrong with them. They have lived their lives and now having produced another generation and they are dying. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with them.” (more…)