How to Build Community

I ran across this poster written by Eileen Mosca with the Syracuse Cultural Workers.I think it is a great picture of community. What does community look like for you?

Here is the text from the poster:

Turn off your TV

Leave your house

Know your neighbors

Look up when you are walking

Greet people

Sit on your stoop

Plant flowers

Use your library

Play together

Buy from local merchants

Share what you have

Help a lost dog

Take children to the park

Garden together

Support neighborhood schools

Fix it even if you didn’t break it

Have pot lucks

Honor elders

Pick up litter

Read stories aloud

Dance in the street

Talk to the mail carrier

Listen to the birds

Put up a swing

Help carry something heavy

Barter for your goods

Start a tradition

Ask a question

Hire young people for odd jobs

Organize a block party

Bake extra and share

Ask for help when you need it

Open your shades

Sing together

Share your skills

Take back the night

Turn up the music

Turn down the music

Listen before you react to anger

Mediate a conflict

Seek to understand

Learn from new and uncomfortable angles

Know that no one is silent though many are not heard.

Work to change this.

5 Responses to “How to Build Community”

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  2. Hi there: Thanks for spreading this wonderful message about community!
    I love it but I am not the author. It was written by the Syracuse Cultural Workers Collective.
    I bought the poster from them and at one point I wanted to get its message out to everyone in my hometown, Vancouver,BC,Canada. So I asked the Syracuse folks for permission to use it and created a new border for the words made of Vancouver scenes. Then I had thousands of copies made and recruited a diverse group of people who agreed to do guerilla postering, 150 copies each. We set a weekend for this project, purposely avoided publicity, and on the Monday morning Vancouver was plastered with this message.
    We found that people loved this message…and we loved doing the project.
    I’d recommend it highly to anyone who wants to remind their town or city about what we can do as individuals to build community.

    • How can I get hold of the poster to print? I know a bunch of people who would LOVE this, and I would love to screen print it onto tea towels to give away.

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