Stable and harmonised communities traditionally contribute to the creation of a strongly woven fabric called “society”.
The definition of “community” is evolving into new identities and forms - sometimes not recognisable to those outside of it - and is moving fluidly according to the specifics of its ingredients.
Communities, society, are all touched by the question marks that hang over the many issues of concern:
- conflict and division - war, gender (i.e. increased awareness of the depth of misogynistic attitudes towards women), sexuality, race/civil rights, class, belief systems
- ageing population and human migration and health and social care for all
- disparity of economy and wealth
- climate change
- political divisions
- are no doubt the influencers.
- general wellbeing
Here on this page, we are looking at individual experiences of "community," which might have you ask, what exactly, is community for you?
Four individuals share communities they move in, and defines what it means for them.
noun (pl. communities)
a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Community is the heart of everything, and these women are in the heart of their communities.
In the Governor of the Bank of England’s speech at the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism, London, 2014, Mark Carney draws a direct line between social wellbeing and economic fairness.
A society whose basic social contract delivers equality - of outcomes, of opportunity and of fairness across generations - will thrive because it provides opportunity to all its citizens and does not favour an elite.
Carney refers to research that recognises that the determining factor of happiness is equality, and that the greatest component of wellbeing - which is created by inclusiveness - is a sense of community.
Remarkable Women came about in 2013, after being approached by a non profit organisation to make a video for International Women’s Day in Bradford, UK, on this topic. It is a work in progress that will continue to develop.
This project looks at how and what we define as being remarkable, in terms of the everyday woman, recognising the unrelenting input of women, that as a world, we rarely stop and reflect on the value of a consistent force that is performed every day, everywhere.
An exploration of how identifying and using specific values in our lives can give one personal strength, help to solve issues, transform barriers and divisions, and bring resolution.
“Hackney Stream is not a service for older people. It’s a community project run by older people for everybody. We focus on organizing our own events as local older people. “
Hackney Stream is a vibrant, creative and diverse community of older people, who are self motivated to gather weekly and hold sessions on many items such as information, technology, the arts, and contribute towards a community radio show. Hackney Stream partakes in potlatches and holds a monthly dance/party for anyone interested in attending, that they self cater.
Rick Crust, Coordinator, HACKNEY STREAM
Proposal - The CONNECT Project
There is a growing issue of social isolation due to our ageing population, and it is increasingly apparent that the government is not sufficiently resourced or intended to adequately address it.
By using contemporary technology and working with the individual, the aim is to swap the television screens for those of tablets, to enable regular contact for those experiencing isolation and loneliness.