The social and ecological crises can feel overwhelming. Humans are social creatures, so building community is something you can do to help lift people out of their little worlds and encourage them to be part of something much bigger.
Inviting your neighbours, colleagues, classmates or peers to join you in activities that build community is a mutually beneficial act. Chances are good that you’ll make a positive difference in each others’ lives — and for the common good!
These 12 simple ways to build community can help slow people down, even just a little, to check in on the quality of their relationships with family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours.
Why is community important?
- Fosters social ties and support systems
- Improves mental wellbeing by providing a sense of belonging
- Offers safety and security
- Encourages collective action
- Builds and sustains resilience
Community is a foundational part of the human experience. It enables people to lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Strong communities working together to create positive change are essential for addressing larger societal and environmental challenges.
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