How to Build a Community

  • Turn off the TV
  • Know your neighbor
  • Look up when you are walking
  • Greet people
  • Sit on the stoop
  • Plant flowers
  • Use your library
  • Play together
  • Buy from local merchants
  • Share what you have
  • Help a lost dog
  • Take children to the park
  • Garden together
  • Support neighborhood schools
  • Fix it even if you didn't break it
  • Have block parties
  • Honor your elders
  • Pick up litter
  • Read stories aloud
  • Dance in the street
  • Talk to the mail carrier
  • Listen to the birds
  • Put up a swing
  • Help carry something heavy
  • Barter for goods
  • Start a tradition
  • Ask a question
  • Hire young people for odd jobs
  • Have a pot-luck
  • Bake extra and share
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Open your shades
  • Sing together
  • Share your skills
  • Take back the night
  • Turn up the music
  • Turn down the music
  • Listen before you react to anger
  • Seek to understand
  • Listen from new and uncomfortable angles
  • Know that no one is silent, but many are not heard