The “Community” Is A System

Feb 25, 14 The “Community” Is A System
A community is any group sharing a common bond. Examples of these common bonds include geographic, business, economic, social or academic connections. A community is a complex system that is more than the sum of its parts. In fact, communities exhibit characteristics and behaviors that cannot be predicted by studying their parts alone. To complicate matters, each community is also part of an even larger system Рinfluencing and influenced by the larger system. The behavior of any community can only be understood by looking at both the community as a whole as well as the environment in which it functions. Successfully building sustainable communities requires a multidisciplinary approach based on a broad understanding of the communities involved Рtheir complexity and the interdependence of their many components.