Practice: Community Building - Currently no debate


Community building is a practices dedicated toward the creation or enhancement of community between individuals within a regional area (such as a neighbourhood) or with a common interest. It is sometimes encompassed under the field of community development (Community Building), viewed on 23 March 2009, <>.)

“A community building process aims to build capacity in neighborhood institutions, strengthen ties among residents, and assist residents to work individually and collectively toward neighborhood change. Community building encompasses a number of dimensions, including: community participation; capacity building; neighborhood governance; collaboration; social capital development; an asset orientation; strengthening civic practices; and addressing deep-rooted issues of race and racism.”

Community Building Resource Exchange (Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families), viewed on 10 April 2009, <>.

Related Practice(s):
Socially engaged art

Related Terms:


 adjective attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.