How to Build Community

Turn off your TV.

Leave your house.

Know your neighbors.

Look up when you are walking.

Greet people.

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.

Garden together.

Support neighborhood schools.

Fix it even if you didn’t break it.

Have pot lucks.

Honor elders.

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 although many are not heard.


I didn’t write this, but I do believe that it speaks the truth… Do you do this in your community?


~ by dawseng on November 6, 2009.

5 Responses to “How to Build Community”

  1. And the Dawseng Blog is finally back! lol.

    I practice some, not all, but hope to do more! Actually, I should say I plan to do more. Now, when people ask my why I still don’t have shades in my living area, I can now tell them “What? I’m building community here”. 🙂

  2. Check out the Ignite Waterloo talks:
    The first one is called Hacking the ‘hood – Simple ways to turn a neighborhood into a community.

    • Thanks Yaacov! I’m sad that the event was full by the time you posted about it!!! I’ll have to make sure that I’m informed and ready (perhaps even involved) for the next one 🙂

  3. I would add: walk everywhere. It makes it easier to do most of the things on your list. Cars insulate people from the world (by design) and even a bike moves too fast to allow a person to interact (in a non-crash way) with what’s around them. The faster you’re going, the less you are willing to stop.

    Starting a tradition is harder than it sounds, BTW. My Magic Christmas Blanket attempt is now in its 4th year with no signs of catching on.

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