How to Build a Community

24 Sep

I found this amazing poster in Oregon.
Here is the advice it gives to build a community:

Turn off your TV
Leave your house
Know your neighbours
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 neighbourhood schools
Fix it even if you didn’t break it
Have pot lucks
Honour elders
Pick up litter
Read stories aloud
Dance in the streets
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


One Response to “How to Build a Community”

  1. Mom January 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    So…. why didn’t we discuss this amazing poster while we were on our Oregon roadtrip?
    And just so you know I have done, participated, and experienced everything on that list with the exception of organizing a block party… never really felt the drive for that one – although I have participated in them.
    Love, Mom
    ps. I’ve danced in the ocean’s surf too!

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