There are less than 2 weeks until the grand opening (May 4) of the Rail Yards Market and everyone involved is ramping up their efforts, doing their part, to make it the overwhelming success it is going to be.
But Why? What drives our desire to belong to a community?
Humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow developed the concept of a “hierarchy of needs” in his 1943 book, Motivation and Personality. This hierarchy suggests that people are motivated to fulfill basic needs before moving on to other, more advanced needs. One of those needs is the need to belong which gives us a sense that we belong, we matter, we contribute.
Are there measurable benefits?
In 1986, social psychologists McMillan & Chavis formed the theory that has become the most widely accepted understanding of how communities work and why. They called this theory, “A Sense of Community.” A community of people thrives because it is based upon care. Community members care about each others well being because they know that each individual is essential for the survival of the whole.
Beyond the personal, communities foster:
- Greater participation in civic responsibilities thereby enhancing our democracy
- An increase in shopping local which benefits the local economy
- Giving a louder voice to group concerns brings important issues the attention they warrant
How do we build a community?
One person at a time. At the Rail Yards Market committee meetings we are encouraged to bring people with us. Whoever might be interested in participating, whether they are established artists/musicians or someone that only has time to give, all are welcome: every contribution is appreciated.
There are less than two weeks less but we are still welcoming volunteers, educators, partners, sponsors.
Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward revitalizing our community!
Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.
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