This morning I received an email from the Daily Om with an article called “Creating Community…Links That Last” by Madisyn Taylor, and it got me to thinking about Soroptimist.
In the article, Madisyn says, “Creating community is an important part of receiving the support we all need to navigate through life.” While she goes on to talk about creating communities within your own neighborhoods, I thought about it from a more global perspective and decided to look up the definition of “community.” I found many. Here are two:
1. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals and
2. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common
Wow, I thought…we certainly are women who have a feeling of fellowship as we all share a common goal of improving the lives of women and girl through programs leading to social and economic empowerment and while we all might not live in the same place, we certainly have a particular characteristic in common – we are women doing our best to help other women do their best.
I decided to continue searching for more definitions and found this one on www.businessdictionary.com:
1, Self-organized network of people with common agenda, cause, or interest who collaborate by sharing ideas, information and other resources.
2. Cluster of common interests that arise from association.
And last but certainly not least, I visited my old friend, Wikipedia, for their definition of community.
“A community is commonly considered a social unit (a group of three or more people) who share something in common, such as norms, values, identity, and often a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a village, town, or neighborhood). Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large. Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), “community” may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities.
So, as we near the end of yet another month, I just want to leave you with this: I am proud and honored to be a member of a community of strong women who are helping other women live their dreams, find their voices, break the bonds of poverty and sex trafficking and obtain gender equality.
Together we will change the world!