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THE POWER OF COMMUNITY CONNECTION



Connections
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Find Your Connection

The Reasons Not to Go it Alone
  • Collective wisdom. No one person ever has all of the answers, and regardless of the amount of Google-fu you may have, consulting with experts is always going to give you better information.
  • Pushing our limits. When working alone, it’s oftentimes too easy to give up when things get hard.  By surrounding yourself with others working toward a similar goal or objective, you’ll get motivation, support, and friendly competition to push yourself just a bit further than you would have done on your own.
  • Support and belief. Some days those big goals just seem impossible. On those days when you most want to give up, you need to lean on your community the most. They believe in you—probably more than you believe in yourself.
  • New ideas.I truly believe that when you are working within a community of like-minded people that the wisdom of crowds is considerably greater than any one person working alone. Our divergent world views and lenses mean that we all approach the exact same problem slightly differently.
  • Borrowed motivation.Even on those days when your belief in yourself isn’t waning, doing what needs to get done can seem overwhelming. Look around your community and be inspired!
  • Accountability.If you’re an uber-responsible person, you may not want to admit to people you care about who are pulling for you that something didn’t get done. There’s nothing like having to be accountable to others to up your game
Finding Your Community Connection 
  • Community of Action is a group of connected individuals that want to change something in the world. This typically includes most non-profit/fundraising communities. 
  • Community of Circumstance is a group of people who find themselves experiencing similar situations. 
  • Community of Interest is for people that share a common passion in their lives. All communities are technically communities of interest, however the term itself usually refers to things that people mentally enjoy. For example, you find a lot of communities about films, games, music, fashion, different cultures and plenty more.
  • Community of Practice is a group of people that participate in the same activity. The most common is a community of profession or industry. However, this can also include people that participate in the same sports, collect various items, use metal detectors, and even raising chickens. The difference between practice and interest in slim, practice leans more towards an active interest.
  • Community of Place is a group of people bound by a common location. These include most traditional communities.