Community Building

“Community is something we do together….” David Brain

At NAOS we believe that Community is dependent on the quality of relationships amongst us.

Community building is a field of practices directed toward the creation or enhancement of community among individuals within a regional area or with a common interest.

In community building we address the loss of community in our society as a key cause of social disintegration and the emergence of many harmful behaviours. It can be seen as a means to increase social justice, individual well-being and reduce negative impacts of otherwise disconnected individuals.

While building a community, beliefs are at the base of that community. A few of those beliefs are regarding ethics, values, spirituality, human rights and diversity. While building upon those beliefs, learning is necessary. This learning takes place through learning together. Knowledge is gained through the collective.

Verbal, non-verbal communication can be expressed through cultural, ritual, ceremony and sharing of a community’s history. Communication involves analytical intelligence. Emotional intelligence made up of self-awareness, self-regulation and motivation also are integral. Using social intelligence to understand others, provide leadership and engage in co-operation is also needed. With a sense of belonging developing, conversation, possibilities, commitment, connection and loyalty are sown. With caring, sustainability provides a breeding ground for sacrifice and unselfishness.

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