We mention community a lot in our posts. But what IS a community? What makes up your community?
Merriam Webster defines community as
: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
: a group of nations
: a unified body of individuals: as
a : state, commonwealth
b : the people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly : the area itself <the problems of a large community>
c : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location
d : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons>
e : a group linked by a common policy
f : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community>
g : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society <the academic community>
: society at large
a : joint ownership or participation <community of goods>
b : common character : likeness <community of interests>
c : social activity : fellowship
d : a social state or condition
For our purposes, we focus on community as: a unified body of individuals…”a group of people who live in the same area”, as in”the people with common interests living in a particular area”…”an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location”, “a group of people…living together within a larger society”, and even “society at large”.
How do you define community? What can you do for your community?
(Merriam Webster. 2015. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community)