What Makes a Community?
A community is more than the sum of its parts – it is how all the parts interact with each other. And Communities have many parts.
Citizens, strangers, groups, NGOs, Business and Government all interact with each other in a intricate dance where everything affects everything. And just like a dance, when we all move to the same music, it’s a beautiful thing and when we all dance to different music at the same time flaying our arms and legs in different directions – well one part crashes into another.
So what binds us all to the same music?
A sense of belonging. When we all feel like we belong to the same community – when our citizens, social groups, NGOs, businesses and government share a common sense of belonging, then somehow, just like a dance, we all get in the groove and move to the same music.
This sense of belonging comes when we share … Read the rest