How To Build Community


There’s a little card I bought at Ten Thousand Villages a few years ago called “How To Build Community.” It holds a prominent position right next to the front door so that, when I’m needing a reminder, I can glance over and remind myself of what really matters in life. Here’s what it says:

How To Build Community

Turn off your TV.
Leave your house.
Know your neighbours.
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.
Honour elders.
Support neighbourhood 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.

– written by Syracuse Cultural Workers :: Tools for Change


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