Group photo from the C2C in Orange, CA on May 6, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Orange, CA on May 6, 2019 to discuss Community.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Communities form through a variety of ways, some intentionally and some accidentally. How our communities sustain over time and how we view their value also varies through our personal life journeys.
  • Sometimes communities form with people of different backgrounds and personalities that come together for a common purpose or interest/goal: gym clubs, book clubs, charity or religious groups. We may never have met the other members of the community but for this deliberate effort to participate.
  • Sometimes we build communities without even realizing it: “Fun Friends” can become a life-long community built on shared experiences. In undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs, we meet our spouses and build friendships that transcend the time and place of our meeting.
  • New technology (Facebook, Face Time, Instagram, Snap chat) helps to sustain community connection over time and distance, but is not a substitute for time together.
  • All sustainable communities require personal investment of time and energy as well as reciprocity.
  • If you are moving to a new town, state or country you can always find a community by volunteering for fundraisers (church, synagogue, animal rescues, homeless rescues, libraries, etc..)