Building a Better Community

There are a million ways we can come together and be engaged. Starting a club, study group, or volunteer group might be simple, but it takes work. 

  • Don't underestimate the positive effect a community can have in your life. Expect great things and they may happen.

  • Explain to others why your community is unique and worthwhile. Invite them to join and share in your passions.

  • If your schedule is too unpredictable to commit to a regular group, one online might be just what you're looking for.

  • The best communities are built on diversity. Embrace it and make changes so new members feel comfortable.

  • Be willing to put yourself out there. Longing for a group can't be the end of the journey; keep looking!

  • Don't be afraid to get to know people you normally wouldn't-- it could be an incredibly rewarding experience.

  • Consider sharable activities-- there may already be groups for readers, gamers, or aspiring cooks nearby.

  • Identify things that would improve your current community and look for groups who might fund your work.

  • Don't be afraid to take the first step towards change. Others in your group also want to feel engaged.

  • Making time is hard, but don't let things slide. Do whatever you can to attend when you say you will.

  • Reach out to local, provincial and global organizations and make sure your voice is heard!

  • Form a study group, especially if the topic is dry-- collaboration can breathe new life into old habits.

  • Attend community events-- there are dozens happening monthly, no matter where you live.

  • Try out new experiences with a friend. Make sure to engage with the group and not just hide with them.

  • Start your own group. Hang up posters around the city with dates and times for meeting and see who comes.

  • Find a hashtag to follow or join a Facebook group. Share in the discussions and community that already exists.

  • Consider what you have time for. Too busy for weekly meetings? A monthly group can help you feel more involved.

  • Head to the library and see what free courses/ activities they offer. Educate yourself while you meet people.

  • Share the task of leadersip with others who share your interest. Be co-leaders and feed off each other's energy.

  • Take time to have a meal with someone you enjoy talking to. Let the conversation come naturally.

  • Ask your friends what they do in their free time. Their favourite hobby could become yours too.

  • Make a point of greeting your neighbors regularly. Daily hellos can lead to great relationships.

  • Engage experts on topics you want to know more about and ask them to help you educate others.

  • Head to the farmer's market, buy some fresh produce and chat with the merchants. Go with friends, if possible.

  • Don't underestimate what you bring to a group. Your passion is valuable, even if it doesn't always seem like it.

  • Try to understand your fear of connecting with others. Consider why and how you might overcome this.

  • Volunteer with a group whose mission you care about. Make new friends through this shared experience.

  • Are you skilled with technology, knitting, cooking, etc.? Offer to teach others you meet, if they're interested.

  • Look for businesses that offer one free class and try it out. Discover a new passion without a full committment.

  • Strengthen your old communities. Consider meeting more or less often, or set a regular date to hang out.