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Kimberly Ann

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What is the bond that holds a community together? If woven properly, how can this common bond positively change the world?

How do we use this bond to strengthen our relationships and grow together as a species?


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    Jul 10 2013: A classic in this area is Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities (check, as I might have the title a little wrong). One useful idea to think about in considering her work as well as work on suburbs and on rural areas is that community can look different in different sorts of configurations. Indeed, a variety of different kinds of communities may have different kinds of bonds that connect people to each other..
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      Jul 10 2013: While the community looks different on the surface, I am discovering through my travels throughout the world that each community has a common thread much like found in tribes. There is an inherent need for food, shelter, and safety and a desire for love.

      But what is the attractive force holding us together and attracting us to one another to live in these tribes?
      • Jul 11 2013: The attractive force is simply utility, in our capitalist world we discard people who are not of use to us. Most of our relationships are superficial (see: Divorce rate). Values are constantly shifting under heavy advertising and propaganda. People tend to value power and shun the powerless.
        • Jul 16 2013: Bob: the answer cannot be "Utility" , because if it were, the Soviet Union would not have fallen apart.
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        Jul 11 2013: Are you saying the community has these inherent needs or that all individuals do?
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          Jul 11 2013: For the community to flourish, there are inherent needs for its survival which need to develop within the individual and adapted/accepted by the tribe.
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        Jul 23 2013: Safety and comfort in numbers could be the simple formulae, based on your observation that there is an inherent need for food, shelter safety and a desire for love. I roll the concepts of safety into the one variable -shelter. So it would be Food, shelter and a desire for companionship (in case love is too strong a force).

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