When I Grow Up and Move Out

Submitted by Paul LIon on November 20, 2012 - 1:28pm
Talking about how community really blossomed through exposure to different communities

Growing up in Mississauga (born and raised and back again!) I was not often taught about community or the environment, or why we did things certain ways. I, and my family it seemed, just went with the flow of things. I had the unconscious community, which was my family, that made me feel safe and comfortable. My close friends, the ones I would spend days playing with, were another part of my unintentional community. Growing up 17 years just going with the flow.

It was only when I came to Guelph that I realized the importance of community. I became a bit more conscious of what my community and my environment really way. Working, living, and making positive change with groups on campus and in the greater community really expanded my perspective and allowed my conscious to activate. I started to become intentional with my actions on all levels and began to realize the outcomes that accompanied my interactions, both negative and positive, with my environment. 

One of the biggest events was helping to organize the Resilience Festival 2011 with Transition Guelph. We had a week full of events to empower individuals and grow community capacity. At the end we had a community Earth Hour Potluck and so many people came out to party, celebrate, and just be with each other. So much happiness. So much intention and connection. It was amazing.

Commuity is now my family. My safety net, my karma, and my comfort. Oh, the interdependencies :)

Welcome to seeking community

Welcome to seeking community Paul!  you're a great person to have here.

Community vs. communities

Hi Paul, it is good to see you on here.  Thanks for the blog.  The Resilience Festival you helped organize in 2011 was awesome : )

Your subheading got me thinking about a topic that has come up in some of the conversations I have had.  That is the idea of community vs. communities.  Back in the day (man I am old) people would have been part of one core community.  Your neighbourhood was your family which also was your church.  Now people are having lots of independent communities.  You have your book club which is seperate from your hockey team which is seperate from your work community which is seperate from your neighbourhood which is seperate from your family.

People have more communities but they are seperated and one could argue that they are also shallower.

At the same time you make a good point that different communities help open our minds to new idea's and allow us to grow.

How do we balance these different forces?

Is it even an issue that our communities today are all seperated?

Is it in fact a good thing?

Paul what are your thoughts?