Vital Communities

We live in a world of increasing globalization and rapidly changing societies. Due to global decentralization processes, in which government tasks are being transferred from the national to the local level, local governments are increasingly working in cooperation with civil society organizations and the private sector. These developments coincide with increasing pressure on the planet and its resources, accompanied by an increasingly widening gap between rich and poor and an on-going trend of individualization.

The Worldconnectors feel that connections within communities and between communities are crucial to enable people to deal with these global challenges. In the Worldconnectors’ statement ‘The Connection of Civilizations’ this is stated as follows: ‘The more we are connected, the more we realize that we, as citizens of different countries, share the experience of poverty, oppression and alienation, which can only be countered by a unified global effort toward responsible action.’ The Worldconnectors working group Vital Communities is convinced that communities, provided they are vital, can make valuable contributions towards building a sustainable, inclusive and thriving global society.

One of the challenges explored by the working group is to link initiatives at the local level to global change. Communities can manifest themselves in many ways and can develop different ways of making positive contributions towards global change. The working group therefore plans to set up an interactive toolkit to identify different communities (economic, social and cultural) and measure their vitality. What makes certain initiatives ‘vital’: what works and what does not? This information can then be integrated into a Wikipedia-page that can be used as a practical and interactive guide for people who, for example, want to ‘vitalize’ their street, initiative or club.

Read more about Vital Communities in the background paper below

Worldconnectors background paper Vital Communities