I have been spending a lot of time thinking about communities. How does one begin? How is one defined? What elements go into a good or bad one?
I was talking to Greg Swinehart (from The Pale) this morning and he said something that caught my attention. He said when he thinks about “who [his] home community is, he thinks of Bellingham, especially [his] Christian community.” What’s interesting about his statement is:
- He used the words “home community.”
- Does this indicate that one could be a part of multiple communities? (The answer seems obvious, but I’m starting from no premise whatsoever. So, let’s not assume anything.)
- What gives Bellingham the honor of being his “home” community, and what does that mean to him?
- He also used the phrase “Christian community.”
- It seems we can have at least two intantiations of communities designated by religious affiliation and location based on what Greg had said.
- What other categories can we use? Common interest, common events (time + location), common emotional responses at a common time.
- Should we categorize at all? Can we categorize these communities without creating a hierarchy (ie, should we tag our communities with categories)? What would be the benifit of doing such?