It has been a while since we’ve discussed community building! I think it’s an extremely important part of living sustainably, and there are lots of different ways to do it.
Why Participate in Your Community?
- To help make your community what you want it to be.
- To build a support network in case of a family, town, or national emergency.
- To learn from your neighbors.
- To borrow and barter rather than pay for new things.
- To support your local economy and infrastructure, and make it more self-reliant.
- To know where your food, clothing, and supplies come from.
- To make our schools, homes, and governments stronger.
- To better enjoy our lives by surrounding ourselves with people and ideas that we enjoy.
- To help set its course so that you and your children will live in a place you enjoy living in.
How Do You Build Your Community?
I’ve listed a number of ways here, but essentially you find your niche and go for it. What do you like to do? Then go find some other people who like to do it too! What do you need that you can’t (or don’t want to) make yourself? Find someone in your community who makes it! Something not working right in your community? Figure out how to make it right and then make that happen! Children’s school need a new roof? Get together with other parents and raise the money, or build it yourself!
I’ve written about how to start forming a group, so if you can’t find the group you’re looking for please read that post.
What Ways Do You Participate In Your Community?
You all have seen and read several of the ways I participate in my community – from planting roundabouts and buying local food at home, to supporting local infrastructure and bartering with local businesses at work.
I would love to know what you do! How do you find ways to participate in your community? What kinds of things do you enjoy? Please give us all some ideas for ways we can engage more!