Sunday, November 04, 2007

How To Build Community

I am heading back home today. I miss my home and feel I've been gone too much lately (although that isn't going to change much in the upcoming months). Thought I'd share these tips on building community that came from a postcard one of my neighbors gave to me. Many of the tips are not only community builders but environmentally friendly also! I love how the two often go hand in hand.

How to Build Community

  • Turn off your TV
  • Leave you house
  • Know you neighbors
  • Greet people
  • Look up when you;re walking
  • Sit on your stoop
  • Plant flowers
  • Use your library
  • Play together
  • Buy from local merchants
  • Share what you have
  • Help a lost dog
  • Take children to the park
  • Honor elders
  • Support neighborhood schools
  • Fix it even if you didn't break it
  • Have pot lucks
  • Garden together
  • Pick up litter
  • Read stories aloud
  • Dance in the street
  • Talk to the mail carrier
  • Listen to the birds
  • Put up a swing
  • Help carry something heavy
  • Barter for your goods
  • Start a tradition
  • Ask a question
  • Hire young people for odd jobs
  • Organize a block party
  • Bake extra and share
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Open your shades
  • Sing together
  • Share your skills
  • Take back the night
  • Turn up the music
  • Turn down the music
  • Listen before you react to anger
  • Mediate a conflict
  • Seek to understand
  • Learn from new and uncomfortable angles
  • Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
  • Work to change this


Dawn said...

What a great list. Thanks for sharing.

Joy said...

This is a good list. I think a version of it is posted in the mudroom of our common house - I also live in a cohousing community - in Maine, so pretty far away.

Thanks for starting the NaBloPoMo group!

Penny said...

Nice list :)

Ashlee said...

i love this!

CindyW said...

Great list!

We also:
*Watch each other's kids and dogs :)
*Have a happy hour in the front yard and offer a drink to neighbors who happen to walk by (we got to know quite a few this way).