ABOUT FOUR BRIDGES Four Bridges is a virtual community that exists in virtual environments. We come together across cultures, disciplines, ideas, and missions to share in the community’s resources. This resource sharing frees the members of our community to focus their energies on their core missions. We do not discriminate, and individuals or groups with different views are encouraged to participate respectfully. We welcome discussion especially when it is difficult. Members are encouraged to explore connections and share possibilities on joint projects and events. We can help in facilitating these connections.
Four Bridges is difficult to define because we don’t have an existing model for comparison and we don’t intend to be trapped in definition, even our own. We’ve always existed organically based on the actions and movements of the people that come and go in the community. As many of our physical world systems and structures are failing or are showing major holes and the gravity of our situation is sinking in, we must consider new ways of being here and being here together. That’s what we’re doing in Four Bridges - we’re exploring new ways of being.
Four Bridges is a culmination of ideas, some in play, some just being imagined, about how we can relate to one another through new technologies, new collaborations, and new pitfalls. It’s a testing ground, a practical place to fail, and a safe place to have difficult conversations. If we limit the idea to one person’s vision and expression, we lose the opportunity to see what is created organically through the coming together of ideas in a fresh way.
While our definition is changing, flexible, and organically evolving, our mission is unflinching: Four Bridges is a virtual, sustainable, global community model founded on the four principles of respect for nature, universal human rights, economic and social justice, and a culture of peace. Our pathways may change and expand, but the foundation will always be an active commitment to these principles.
Education institutions, non-profits, businesses, and individuals are connected to each other. Whether in the physical world or through virtual spaces, by respecting the strengths of our component parts, we can collaborate on mutual goals, and build the bridges that connect our diverse communities, effecting change in our physical communities. There is no separation between what we do in virtual worlds and what happens through our efforts in the physical world.
Our organization is constantly seeking new ideas, new projects, and new organizations to add to the mix. The Four Bridges Project is a shining example of how we can use the virtual world to connect internationally and confront the most pressing issues.