Two major theories of practice exist in the realm of building and strengthening a community. Saul Alinsky fostered one theory called "Community Organizing" where an organization, service, or event is established for the good of the community and then people in the community either agree and participate or disagree and fight against it. This practice creates polarized camps where people know which side of the issue they are on and thus, the community is organized into camps. The more entities introduced the more camps and the more "organized" things become.
The other theory is quite the opposite approach. Instead of giving the community an entity to accept or reject, it stirs debate and discussion around the needs and wants of the community. This practice is designed to build consensus and is called Community Building.
In Community Building the goal is not the entities but the sense of community that is growing between neighbors. Yes, events, building construction, schools, rallies, fund-raisers, clubs, committees, and youth sports can all come out of this practice, but they are products of the community building process.
In our experience here at Leading to Your Success, community matters a great deal. In fact, it would be difficult to overestimate how important it is to everyone of us who live in one. Because of this we work within our communities to build consensus, create unified effort, and enjoy mutual celebration.
One of the paths that leads to your success includes those around you. We know this doesn't mean you have to like or agree with all of them, but as a member of the community you will see the greater good, feel a sense of belonging, and find a happiness that comes from giving to others. This affects your success.
"Giving to others" is too often seen as writing a check or reaching for your wallet. We believe that should be the last resort for community builders. Instead, team up with someone to help them succeed. Volunteer for a local cause. Listen to someone who is without others. Loan out a table, ladder, wheelbarrow, or pick-up truck. Meet up and be apart of a discussion where you can give your two cents - which is actually your chance to share wisdom, knowledge, and bigger visions (all good things).