The Dignity of the Individual & the Heart of Community
Our mission is to provide a resource that inspires people to find a personal sense of belonging in their own local community.
We ask the core questions:
- What empowers the individual in a community?
- How does individualism express itself in contributing to society?
- What can individuals actually do to better their communities?
Here you'll find a how-to guide for building community as well as personal stories and experiences in our articles.
Our nation was built on the foundations of and respect for the individual. Through our individual actions and expressions, we create our communities.
It's the people that make their communities thrive, and we all have a vested interest in improving the place we call home. Building a vibrant purposeful community first begins with a examining our own values and then sharing what we have to offer. There is no one-size-fits all approach to anyone's personal involvement in society.
As you get involved you meet new people along the way and find a true sense of belonging. You'll learn things about yourself and others, and you'll encounter others who have the same vested interest in making your town or city a great place to live.
If you're seeking to find a balance between individualism and public life, let Rusted Compass be your guide.
In our recent survey, we asked people to rank what they value most in a community. We found that Safety ranked as the most important aspect of a community, followed by Opportunities second, and a Sense of Belonging as the third most-important.
Safety is fundamental. If you don't feel safe where you live, it's difficult to find satisfaction in other aspects. Unfortunately unemployment and economic downturn can contribute to reducing safety.
Check out the full results of our survey in the chart below:
Interdependence in Functional Communities
Communities depend on the inter-operable function of individuals and businesses working to provide for themselves by providing goods and services to their community.
Under a strong economy with opportunities for people to find work there is less crime. Individuals with a sense of purpose and belonging in their communities will be happier and more likely to practice charity and giving.
The video below explains the importance of interdependence in a community: