The Paradigm of Community – A Community Inc. mantra
Every single one of us have been raised in a community. A community perhaps with: schools, shopping malls, or dirt roads? The paradigm of community is at the epicenter of many of our experiences. The community that cares, a community of support, or a community of neighbours? When we wake up every day and step out of the places where we call home we step into community! We have an opinion of this community: It’s safe..or dangerous, full of people that care..or those that are rude, it’s clean…or dirty?
Whichever point of view you take recognize it as your paradigm of community. If you are not happy with it, only you can unhitch yourself as a victim and exert your temperament of advocacy to impact change. Meadows (2008) believed that the paradigms you control give you the power of mastery, the tools to live in constant joy, and the impact that difference makes (p. 165). Last week I hosted a workshop on Community Governance with a small group of change agents, Presidents and long standing members of community boards. I helped to shift the paradigms in which they operate. I created the opportunity to partner, to share resources, and to build a stronger understanding of affiliative networks. Mahjabeen, Shrestha, and Dee (2009 ) stressed how important it is to create inclusive opportunities to create change with representatives from an entire community. I made a difference by bringing people together to learn, think aloud, and explore their model of governance. If you want to explore your paradigm and look at the model of your role in Community there is only one three days left to sign up. Visit www.communityinc.tk and make a difference in your community.
Mahjabeen, Z., Shrestha, K., & Dee, J. A. (2009). Rethinking community participation in urban planning: The role of disadvantaged groups in Sydney Metropolitan Strategy. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 15(1), 45-63. Retrieved from http://www.anzrsai.org/download.pl?param=289
Meadows, D.H. (2008). Thinking in systems: A primer (Ed. Wright, D.). Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction: VT