A learning community is a reflection of any other community. Think diversity. We can all agree that tolerance and acceptance of diversity within community can only enhance society. The problem with this thinking of course is that it assumes that everyone has the same or similar agenda or worldview (or is at least close enough for compatibility). Likewise in learning/education, if the diversity is based on very different worldviews then the contribution of various participants may be incompatible or difficult to communicate. Even more so the reasons for learning. It may be that the institution may become the linchpin for establishing common goals, values and purpose to a particular learning environment.