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How can we help people in our communities connect more deeply with each other?

In the past few months, we have witnessed mass murders committed by mentally-incompetent individuals, the release of female captives held by a socio-path, and the public's obsession with a sexually-explicit trial. In each case, we witness symptoms of a failure to address the tension between individual liberties and privacy against the need to create meaningful bonds between people to prevent dehumanization and hopelessness. Beyond the scope of law enforcement and the judicial system, how can we engage residents so that they can plug into communities to prevent despair, anger, and voyeurism. Many programs around the country work toward these ends. What are some of the success stories that address the root problems and inspire others to take local action?

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  • May 10 2013: Let's try this. Describe some local community projects that help residents, at various ages, connect to each other,.
    • May 11 2013: Scouting
      Habitat for humanity
      Computer training classes at the local library
      Community college
      Clean the Bay Day, or similar environmental volunteer efforts
      Children's sports programs
      Political Activism
      Art
      • May 11 2013: Let's discuss this a bit more. Relate how art can bring people together.

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