Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The "How to Build Community" poster

I saw this on the wall at one of the many wonderful potluck dinners hosted for us on our travels through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. You can buy the poster at Intentional Communities store. The list was created by "Syracuse Cultural Workers."

How to Build Community

Turn off your TV - Leave your house
Know your neighbors
Look up when you are walking
Greet people - Sit on your stoop
Plant flowers
Use your library - Play together
Buy from local merchants
Share what you have
Help a lost dog
Take children to the park
Garden together
Support neighborhood schools
Fix it even if you didn't break it
Have pot lucks - Honor elders
Pick up litter - Read stories aloud
Dance in the street
Talk to the mail carrier
Listen to the birds - Put up a swing
Help carry something heavy
Barter for your goods
Start a tradition - Ask a question
Hire young people for odd jobs
Organize a block party
Bake extra and share
Ask for help when you need it
Open your shades - Sing together
Share your skills
Take back the night
Turn up the music
Turn down the music
Listen before you react to anger
Mediate a conflict
Seek to understand
Learn from new and uncomfortable angles
Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
Work to change this

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At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Pearl said...

That's excellent. They do good stuff there.


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