I had an interesting passing conversation with my friend, Margaret.  Between kids running back and forth, we attempted to discuss the idea of community.  Margaret asked some intriguing questions that give us today’s Conversation Starter: Community.

Not every single kind of community is touched on, but I’ll discuss a few ideas on what a community is, how to build a community, and why one should be built.

I’m interested in your two cents on communities.  What does community mean to you?  How do you build one?  Even more importantly, how do you give and receive support in communities?

Join the conversation by sharing below!  Be authentic because you never know how your share or comment will transform another person.

Have a peaceful, joyous, love filled day!


Psst . . . Enjoy the gag reel at the end.  We have tons of fun making these videos for you!

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  • Mo!
    June 6, 2013

    When I think of community, I think of Nelson Mandela’s speech on Ubuntu. He said something like “A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food and attend him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?”

    Community as a word is not a concrete term but it can be given flesh to if everyone comes together for a common goal.

    Thanks for sharing, Africa! Keep it up

    • Africa
      June 6, 2013

      Mo! Thanks for bringing up Ubuntu. The concept adds depth to the conversation. I especially like the reciprocal nature of the relationship between self and community that persistently enriches both parties. This is similar to my idea of social change.

      To answer your question, I believe change begins as a thought within each of us. For my part, I will continue to use video to bring my thoughts and others to the table. These are the conversation starters that will be discussed in my community and others. My hope for those conversations is to move to actions. Those actions will start a ripple effect of peace, joy, and love that will flow out to the rest of the world.

      Interested to hear what others will do to improve the community around them.

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