Seeking Community: A year in Review

Submitted by Community Animator on March 5, 2013 - 1:24pm
Engage Year-End Report

Guiding Principles for SEEKING COMMUNITY Imagine: city planners designing neighborhoods to increase social capital; elderly people staying in their neighborhoods for another 5 years; mental health rates declining because neighbours are caring for each other and creating a greater sense of connection and belonging together. Seeking Community is a Learning Community for individuals who care about the vibrancy of their communities. Our aim is to encourage and connect individuals who are hosting conversations to recapture the idea of community;  and to make it a guiding force in organizing our neighbourhoods and institutions and for envisioning policies for well-being.

In 2012, the Seeking Community Learning Community saw a 65% increase in subscribers to its monthly e-newsletter Seeker's Journal. 609 member profiles have been developed. There have also been 928,725 website pageviews and 172,928 web visits to the Seeking Community Learning Community.

Seeking Community brings together people with diverse experiences and understandings of community into a dialogue about the importance of having a deepened sense of community. This online community allows you to create a profile, listen to podcasts, post blogs, post links to other websites, and other resources. Our Learning Community includes ten Thought Leaders: people who bring various insights and expertise into this overall dialogue. Over the next 3 year, we will host 1,000 conversations about community. Our online Learning Community  will act as a vibrant space to document these conversations; analyze them to see what patterns emerge; and engage the Learning Community in co-generating insights from this data. Once clear understandings begin to emerge, we will bring these to policy makers, celebrities and other people of influence to propose policy changes that acknowledge the importance of community.

Related links:


Momentum Building

It is really exciting to see the seekingcommunity movement building on this website.  Everyday I get a new email about someone wanting to host their own conversation or with a reflection on community.  I am excitied to see where all this momentum leads and the kind of future it helps build!!