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The basic answer arrives at the idea of "commonality" whose feature is to "bring unity".
noun (pl. communities)
a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Stable and harmonised communities traditionally contribute to the creation of a strongly woven fabric called “society”.
The definition of “community” is evolving into new, often not yet understood or recognisable forms. The need to understanding and adapt to these new identities is necessary, but also to look at the potentials to prepare for the needs of changes in the ingredients of our society. As the ageing population continues to amass - the question marks hanging over the future of pensions, health/social care and general wellbeing could have resolutions lying within this structure called “community.”
This work is the beginning of looking at what is current community, and asks what it is for you.
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.
Community is the heart of everything, and these women are in the heart of their communities.
An exploration of how applying values in our lives can give one personal strength, help to solve issues and transform barriers and divisions.
“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. “
Working with the Hackney Stream community, we accomplished a variety of creative sessions :
writing - exploring personal and social values, self concept and identity
discussion groups on self empowerment
drawing - personal stories
painting - form and colour, shapes and symbols
Brother Niyi, spoken word poet
Patricia German, community leader
Illustration students from Royal College of Art
RCA Illustration students
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.