Our Community Guides will get you started on your own journey of discovering community.
–15 Places to Get Connected in Your Community
–Guide to Moving to a New City
–Value Aspects of Communities
–Decentralizing Our Food
–Time Banking – The Currency of Giving
When you move to a new city, or are just beginning to seek a better way to connect to your own city, you may be looking for places to go that have the resources to connect you to opportunities and people with similar interests. Here are the top 15 places we recommend for getting connected to your community.
When you’re moving a a new city, it’s difficult to know what to expect beforehand. Settling in takes time and patience, but can be a lot of fun with the right attitude. Here’s a quick guide for helping you to find your new home and settle in.
What actually drives us toward improving our community? This will derive from what people value and their vested interest in that community. We all have a vested interest in the place we call home, and everyone benefits from the efforts made to get involved by offering unique contributions make it a better place to live.
Buying Local has gained a lot of steam over the past decade. People are starting to think about the impact their shopping has on their local economy as well as the benefits of supporting locally-owned business and establishments.
Decentralization is essential to creating robust, efficient, and resilient communities. Many of the big obstacles that we face are structural problems. Though you can’t simply institute decentralization itself, there are many models that reflect the functionality of this concept. In this guide, we will be covering the food production model, and why it benefits from decentralization.
Everyone has something to offer when they’re feeling led to give to others and their community. For most volunteers, their time is their most valuable currency. Think about how many aspects of our culture focus on the financial type of giving only. Time banking turns the concept of financial giving around to focus on the value of individuals giving their time. Time is the currency.
For thousands of years, mankind has worked the soil of this world to produce food. It’s the beautifully-designed cycle of decay to produce new life in which organic matter is broken down to release nutrients for sprouting vegetation. With the prevalent concrete jungle lifestyle in cities, it’s unfortunate that many people don’t experience the reality of our food’s origins first-hand. Urban gardens can help to change that by connecting people with the soil and the process of gardening.
Our soil is one of the most important resources we have. It’s not just dirt, soil is a mixture of organic matter, living microbes, sediments, nutrients, and more! By cultivating our soil, we’re ensuring that the source of our food and nutrients will remain healthy. Now, even cities are contributing to their surrounding soil and reducing organic waste through compost programs that provide a way to redirect city compost back to the local soil.