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Community (Feb. 17 Post)

Community is a term often thrown around these days to define so many things, but what does the term community truly convey especially to you? Geographically, most live in a community, which stems from the biological definition of community: a group of interacting organisms sharing an environment. In an educational setting you have learning communities, where groups of students are learning together. Sometimes you can have learning communities in work environments, where companies, institutions and organizations have programs in place where their employees can continue their education.  

A community may also refer to groups that share common values or interests; furthermore, these groups get together in a regular basis to interact for a common cause or to socialize or both. These are the types of community that can make the most powerful impact on our world either in a positive or negative way. It is best that we join together in a community to promote a positive change such as promoting recycling in our neighborhoods or feeding the hungry. One can be in multiple communities like a church, a social service club or organization, a book club, an art league and on-line social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter (or both).  

Using our positive influences in our communities we can sway our group to do great things. It is with positive intentions, common beliefs and shared resources that communities can do wonderful deeds to promote a more caring and loving world. With the birth and development of the internet, communities can span huge geographical areas reaching all over the globe. This is often called the GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

Virtual communities can greatly influence the dynamics of our world and have the potential to do many wonderful deeds to promote a more loving and caring world through  global awareness, intent and action. The world is indeed getting smaller in the way people can influence each other through all the communities we are involved. The question is, how involved are you? Consider the following, how involved would you like to be? The choice is entirely up to you. You can become part of the solution simply by showing up in your community. 

Comments on: "Community (Feb. 17 Post)" (4)

  1. Here we are world … who’s listening! Slowly the train is gathering steam.

  2. Nice Work, my friend! May I add an “older” thought? In her studies, (pre-internet age) on indigenous people, anthropologist Margaret Mead discovered and then wrote that the healthiest and most successful tribes with the happiest people were found in communities containing about 50 individuals. She studied this for years and her conclusion was that a tribe of 50 was an optimum number for specific reasons.
    In a group of 50, each person was knowable by everyone else in the group and each member of the tribe knew their role, felt appreciated for their role, from the “highest” to the “lowest”. Each individual learned their purpose and their value. The gathering and sharing of food, caretaking, decision making, childrearing, teaching was easily shared within the group of 50. Communication was found to be effective as well, everyone in the tribe was seen, heard. There really was no hierarchy, except as needed for the tribe to thrive. Children were known and cared for by all of the adults and also respected all elders, not just their own “parents” or grandparents since every one was a parent. Elders were respected and cared for by the entire tribe. When Hilary said, “it takes a village” perhaps that is what she was referring to…
    Tribes of fewer did not fare as well and as tribes grew too large factions developed and individual voices were lost in the “crowd”,less cared for… then tribes would split apart and recreate new groups.

    I find it interesting that we now speak about finding our “tribes” on the internet and in our communities. I wish I could remember the name of Mead’s book… I wonder if there are natural human limits on the number of tribe members a person can be truly connected with… the connections may be stronger with those closer to the center of shared interests.

    Using Mead’s findings, is it possible that we each have the capacity to belong to numerous tribes simultaneously, and while maintaining close connections to a small number of overlapping tribes we are able to function best, assisting each other? Ah, the joy of inquiry!
    I wonder what visionaries like MM would say about our communities today?

    Thank you for a thoughtful post. :) Food for thought… and inquiry.

    Much Love ~ B

    • Thank you so very much Betsy for your insight. I have heard of Margaret Mead as being a friend/client of Jean Houston; and, I was only vaguely aware of her work with groups and group dynamics. I am grateful for this learning opportunity and will seek more information about her work. With love and blessings, Angi ♥

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