There is a growing understanding of the increasing importance of community building and community development. Yet, do we truly understand its value and role in our communities? This session will be of interest to practitioners interested in addressing the ncreasingly complex issues in our communities and the leadership, innovation, and collaboration necessary for delivering individual, social, economic, and environmental benefits. Participants will leave with an understanding of why we need to do more to legitimize community building and the role any community builder can play in serving as a catalyst for positive change, collective impact, and ultimately, comprehensive community transformation.
• describe community, its benefits, characteristics, and importance
• describe social capital, community development, and community building and its increasing relevance
• articulate the qualities of successful communities
• describe and differentiate strategies used for building community (social planning, social action, and community development) describe the advantages and disadvantages of community development