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, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_building>.)
“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, <http://www.commbuild.org/index.html>.
Related Practice(s):Socially engaged art
Related Terms: Pretentious
adjective attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.