Monday, March 2, 2009

How to Build Community

Lisa Degliantoni just reminded me of the beautiful poster written by the Syracuse Cultural Workers and illustrated by Karen Kerney: "How To Build Community". Its suggestions just make sense for us in the Newman Park Neighborhood and for communities everywhere.

The poster can be purchased online from the Simple Living Network.

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.

1 comment:

Lisa D said...

Jim, thank you for posting this. Let's build a community and try to promote no car days, either on Saturdays or Sundays in our nabe. This might force people to hit the streets and support local biz!