"Great Communities do things better, together"
What Does Ted think makes a great community?
Positive communities may differ in what they encourage and how their values get implemented into policy, but, overall, to become a great community, they share these characteristics, among others:
1. Work Together for a Common Goal
The most effective communities share similar values and belief systems that cooperate to help accomplish one or several goals. These goals can vary radically depending on the community in question. For example, one community may value environmental goals such as promoting recycling and making forest areas more friendly to wildlife while another community may put more value on improving the education system.
2. Allow for Freedom of Expression
Central to developing a positive community is comfort among citizens when it comes to speaking their minds and expressing what is important to them. Individuals who feel encouraged to give their input about an issue, who when they feel heard, are more likely to feel connected to their community.
3. Promote Equality
Diversity is abundant in all communities. However, among every group containing diversity, there are always individuals who fall in the minority. Positive communities work to ensure that those who fall in minority populations are not treated differently. These communities give a voice to minority populations through frequent consultation with members of those societies about how the community can improve to meet their needs better.
4. Set Clear Policies and Obligations
Positive communities do not set rules. Instead, they work to encourage community members to fulfill their obligations. This may include things as simple as attending community meetings or paying taxes to support the public school system.
5. Maintain Sensitivity Towards Members
In addition to feeling heard, members of positive communities should also feel as though their concerns are adequately addressed and that they are cared for by the community. Positive communities should prioritize the well-being of every member of the community and address concerns in a timely and sensitive manner when they arise
.6. Celebrate Community Heritage
Every long-standing community has heritage and traditions that have risen during the community’s development. Positive and efficient communities embrace their culture by reminding members of the long way the community has come. This could be as simple as sending out an annual newsletter commemorating the accomplishments of the year or as complex as an annual festival held to celebrate the birthday of the community.
7. Promote Interaction Among Members
Positive communities work to foster a feeling of genuine connection among members by providing plenty of opportunities for interaction. Creating a feeling of connection works to make members more motivated to meet their obligations and work towards the established goals of the community.
8. Elect Leaders that Stand by Community Values
Individuals elected to leadership positions within positive communities should be fair and just in their political focus. Their shared values should inform the decisions they take for the community. Additionally, leaders should also take the thoughts and suggestions of the community members into account when making decisions that will affect their lifestyles.
9. Prioritize Effective Communication
Communication is essential for any effective community. All of the wheels need to be moving at the same pace for development to continue successfully. Positive leaders ensure that all members are aware of the projects currently in progress, as well as what they can do to help those projects run smoothly.
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