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As Kaylie and I continue our research and brainstorming for the community building project, we have begun to think of what the community entails, who is in the community we are focusing on, and what the overall group is. After the last brainstorming session, we decided that the group we are aiming to craft a visual solution for is in the age group of 18-24 and are students going through college orientation. This groups is in need of a better thought out, more organized solution to what most colleges create for new student orientations. Students should have a more community based experience that starts even before they step foot onto the campus.
Our brainstorming map can be seen in the image to the left.
These are my thoughts and notes on the reading Sense of Community.
- Sense of Community Scale (SCS) based on these factors: informal interaction (w/ neighbors), safety (having a good place to live), pre-urbanism (privacy, anonymity), neighboring preferences (preference for frequent neighbor interaction), and localism (opinions and desire to participate in neighborhood affairs)
- best way to predict SCS: length of residents stay, satisfaction with the community, number of neighbors one could identify by first name
- variables within a domain (feelings of bondedness, etc) are more likely to be strongly correlated than are variables measured across domains (feelings and behaviors).
- community is an integral contributor to one’s commitment to a neighborhood and satisfaction with it.
- those who feel comfortable / happy in their neighborhood view it as a community and are more liable to spend more time there
- in comparison to the rest of the city.
- people who view themselves as a community are more likely to defend their community from outside threats.
- community has two basic definitions: the territorial / geographical definition (town, city), and relational.
- four parts of community definition: membership, influence, reinforcement, shared emotional connection.
- boundaries in a membership allow for relationships to develop and for a sense of justified belonging. separates us from them.
- if someone works for their involvement in a community, they are more likely to value the membership.
- personal investment places a large role in developing an emotional connection.
- social conventions, such as language, are used as boundaries.
- boundaries help create a unique atmosphere for the inhabitants within the community.
- conformity of experience is important within a community.
- participation and personal influence is important to making someone feel like they are an ACTIVE part of a community, which makes them want to stay.
- group success = closer community
- religion or spirituality can be the basis of a community
- communities are not bound by location