Community is a concept that we use often, but often fail to define. This past week in class we have been analyzing the meaning of community. Is it something geographical? Or something deeper? McMillan and Chavis in “Sense of Community: A Definition and Theory” define community in terms of membership, influence, integration and fulfillment of needs, and shared emotional connection. I think this working definition is a good description of what we tend to define as community. However, it is debatable whether a shared emotional connection is always necessary. What is necessary, though, in the aspect of any community is people – or shareholders. A community is nothing without the input and ideas of the people within the community. Whether it be receiving feedback or letting the members have a voice, it is important to remember a community functions in order to fulfill the needs of its stakeholders.
Dr. Carlson gave us an assignment this weekend to dissect and map a community. Having recently attended the World Economic Forum, I decided to analyze the community that seeks to end the corruption associated with capitalism. With the theme of the forum being “The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models” and the Occupy protests, I find it fitting to analyze the communities that are working to find economic and social “justice”. From high level CEOs to aspiring future leaders, there is a large network of people who have the same common goal – seeking to operate within a more transparent and fair economic system. Although the map is not all inclusive, it provides an idea of how many people are passionate about making a difference.