The World Since 2020
We Each Have Our Own Perspective on the Past Two Years
And we’ve each had our own unique experience of the pandemic. Mental health professionals were concerned about a rise in mental health issues of course; anxiety and depression, hopelessness. Drug abuse cases and suicide numbers rose. Small business owners grieved to see their livelihoods changing irreversibly. Working parents with young families experienced overwhelm when their children were being taught from home. Even Welcome Wagon, in operation since 1928, closed its doors in Canada in 2020, Covid had struck the final blow.
I’ve been observing with frustration and dismay the heart-breaking damage to our communities. I too had my Christmasses and other holidays diminished when “bubble” numbers and travel restrictions reduced the number of family and friends at our gatherings.
We have been losing our communities, and we are all suffering because of it.
So What Can We Do?
We can become proactive by building community ourselves. Community is an innate need in human beings that is said to be more important than food. Whether or not we have a community in our lives must not be left to chance. If you look to your left and look to your right and don’t see a community builder then it’s up to you to become one.
How Do You Build Community?
To answer this question, I’m making my book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age available free in Kindle format from September 28th – 30th, 2022. This is a simple step-by-step manual that explains what community is, how a group evolves into a community, and how to facilitate that process. Pick up your copy here.
You can have a profound influence on your life and on the lives of the people you invite to join you in Community building. Few experiences are as rewarding as community building. Seize the opportunity to learn how to build community now when the world needs it most!
If you want an in-person experience and education in community building, check out this Community Leadership Workshop happening in October in Ottawa! If you’re not in Ottawa, ask me about our Zoom programs.
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