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500+: Com(m)unity

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Everything starts with an idea. The world wars and great discoveries.

When the idea is shared, people actually realize that this is their idea too because it is so familiar to them, it has always been living inside them, except they were afraid to say it out loud and share with others. So they accept and embrace it, acknowledge as their own. Encouraged, they speak up and bring another idea to the world. Which is also recognized and welcomed by some other people who connect with us thanks to our ideas. This is the beginning of com(m)unity.

500+ is my com(m)unity. It is also yours, our community. We are a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens and we are growing each day. Into a community of dedicated individuals with bright ideas which are ready to make a change in the world. No need to speak about the large-scale changes, though we have a bigger picture in our minds. Not at this point. Change is going to happen in our micro-world, in our 500+ or smaller com(m)unities, until our positive altruism and selfless intentions generate the synergy of good vibrations that will make desired changes on much larger scale.

Synergy: a state in which two or more things work together in a particularly fruitful way that produces an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. Expressed also as "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." (

A synergy of empathy and sympathy, giving and forgiving, tolerance and acceptance, love and understanding, respect and acknowledgment, the sense of equality and desire for freedom, everything that is good in us and we are ready to share with others is the force that makes our communities bloom. Our communities, our little worlds that will consequently impact our whole human family, our animal brothers and our parent Planet Earth.

Everything starts with an idea.

The 500+s idea isn't going to start any wars. And it doesn't have to find another great discovery.

We are a growing group of thoughtful, committed citizens with a PURPOSE. A purpose to change and heal the world.


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