Community: How do we build our communities?

Community is critical to our overall wellbeing and the decline of our connectedness is coming at the same time mental health issues are on the rise. Research from Washington State University found all ages suffer from social anxiety and FOMO (fear of missing out) which are correlated with low self-esteem and low self-compassion. However, communities will dissipate if neglected. They need nourishment and dedication from its members through traditions, behaviours, and a sharing of knowledge. 

So how do we find our support systems, networks, and collectives?

Thanks to the following guest for participating:

Zahara’s Dream founder and author of Unbound, Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo spoke to me this week:

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes.

Radha Agrawal shares how she created “Daybreaker” the wildly popular morning dance party concept, plus details on her new book “Belong.”

Books looked at this week:

Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo: Unbound: Twitter Thoughts for the Heart and Mind

Seth Godin: Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us

Radha Agrawal: Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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