Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition: A Lay Leadership Development Program for Adults

Handout 2: "I" to "We": From Individualism to Collective Identity

For Workshop 2, From "I" to "We", Activity 3: From "I" to "We"

Excerpted from Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership in a Multicultural Age by Juana Bordas (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2007, pp. 45–46).

Characteristics of We Cultures

We cultures have a strong sense of belonging and sticking together.

We cultures share everything.

We cultures work together so everyone benefits.

We cultures center on people.

We cultures are collective and relish togetherness.

We cultures are impeccably inclusive.

We cultures put benefiting the whole before the individual.

In We cultures, the “I” exists only in relationship to others, not as a separate entity.