This is one of my first videos ever produced. I began my career in video production to promote a business/Nonprofit venture called Grow My Community. This organization is an effort to localize and organize information and resources to help prevent monopolization and increase internal growth within each localized area. At this point, Grow My Community is simply a part of my story. I intend on making it a life long goal to be a part of helping communities everywhere become more self sustainable and successful individually, socially, and economicly. GrowMyCommunity.org is a mockup site for my hopeful venure. Feel free to add to the directory.
I. What is a community? And what is your community?
II. Hello everyone, my name is Garrett Livingood. I am the founder of an upcoming social community network called Grow My Community. In this script, I will discuss the general concepts of a community and give you a better understanding of who your community is and what it can be.
III. So, let’s start by asking, What is a community?
A Community is:
i. A part of you
ii. It is where you invest your time, energy, and money
iii. Your community
iv. Your culture
v. Your friends
vi. Your interests
I typed in the term community to find a concrete definition of the term in Google search bar and two definitions came up:
i. The first definition states that a community is, “A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.”
ii. The following definition states that a community is, “A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”
IV. My definition of a community is a collection of individuals that consists of similar or complimentary characteristics and resources. These resources and characteristics help develop and support an ecosystem of people by giving them a sense of purpose and belonging. For example, Music in itself has its own culture, sub-cultures and communities, but a musician alone does not constitute a community; however if a musician is able to connect with other musicians, then a subculture and sub-community can be formed. Along with this newly formed subcommunity, complimentary interests such as sound engineers, videographers, fans, producers, and even entertainment venues can all grow into this singular network. And this is why I named the organization Grow My Community.
See, People are disconnected from each other in a time where society is more connected than ever before. This individualized society has caused outrageous numbers in depression, addiction, poor health, conviction rates, and even poverty. People lack a sense of belonging by lacking real relationships and concrete interests. People sit on social media sites all day but find it hard to be social. Many people want to be philanthropic but don’t have the financial capacity, time in their day, don’t know where to start or where to go, and people may vote but find it hard to support and impact the local government beyond posting one sided statements on their Facebook account.
All people have common interests. We want what is best. But when we live in an individualistic society, we don’t have the capability to see other perspectives and situations. People don’t have the ability to find commonality and understanding. So we must break the walls of society and find real relationships and build up from those around us.
So ask yourself, how do you invest your time, money, and energy? What is your community involved with? Who supports you and who do you support? And what community would you like to join or create?
I hope you enjoyed your time here learning about your community. Stay tuned to learn how to Grow Your Community through Grow My Community.