Working across social, political, and geographical boundaries to address issues can be a difficult, frustrating, and time consuming process. Community and well being are two of the ways we can foster regional collaboration.
With an increasingly mobile workforce, the quality of a place becomes an important factor in where people chose to reside. We highlight a recent article by Jeff Yost as an exploration in abundance thinking and development of community.
The Tradition Trap can lead to unquestioning action which often leads to wasteful activities, can prevent innovation, or can create communities where entrepreneurs and new residents are not welcome. Breaking out of The Tradition Trap takes time and effort (and a lot of questions) but it's critical to evolve and grow.
Manufactured controversy - whether from the right or left - perpetuates myths, stereotypes, and controversies which ultimately tear communities apart. It can't survive without YOU - so what are you going to do about it?
How two simple words make a huge difference where we live - and why we should care!
Turn on the TV or radio and it’s highly likely you’ll hear a story about something that has been lost in your area – businesses, jobs, youth, young families, history, elderly residents – and so on and so forth. It can seem really bleak at times. Focusing on these bad things becomes far too […]
Understanding interactional community can help us understand how to leverage resources in our neighborhood.
As I was working on the shelves for the tool cabinet I am building today, a situation I found myself in reminded me of a conversation I had earlier in the week with a friend about certain aspects of community development - which I will come back to in a moment. One of the things … Continue reading Against the grain…
How ten days on an island changed my view on community forever!
Anyone who has written a paper for or taken a class from me knows I'm rather passionate about three things: Defining what one means when using the concept of 'community'; Using the Oxford Comma (as in, you must use it); and Citing references (again, as in, don't even think about submitting a paper to me … Continue reading What is community?