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Monday, November 15, 2010

Explore Community Connections

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.- Margaret Mead

Community breaks down to a concept of being "together as one." Our perspectives on community as something geographic, social or ethnic, even cultural, are simply flawed when we have no point of connection.  The divide within the Black community is wide between those with college degrees and those who are recovering from drugs or re-entering society from prison just like those in a Latino or Asian community There is no real community until we see ourselves as collective group with a common concern and standing on common ground without impure motives.  
 
Take Ownership
We have to see the common problem as our problem.  If we do not do so, we stand a slim chance of taking any measure to its full extent because our hearts won't be in it.  We have to own it or become overtaken.

Make a Commitment and a Contribution
Get involved.  Get invested.  Your involvement and investment will draw others into the movement.  Get committed.  Give a contribution of your time, talent or treasure.

Build Forward
We have to become future-oriented "builders." We need to invest in the future, especially in our youth. We need more of our focus to look forward rather than what is in our hands or our pockets.  What is the plan for your community for the next five years? Ten years? Twenty years? Beyond twenty? Build it now.  Otherwise, developers, politicians, administrators, and lobbyists will build it for you based upon their own interests, not yours.

See community as what is supposed to be.  It is about us all being together as one, building a better environment for all who are involved.

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