The word “community” is derived from the Old French “comuneté” which is derived from the Latin communitas (from Latin “things held in common”), a term for a fellowship or organized society. A community is a social unit of any size that shares common values. Although embodied or face-to-face communities are usually small, larger or more extended communities such as a national community, international community and virtual community are also studied.


Human communities

In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness. The main realistic meaning of a community is a group of people who connect well together socially, mentally or economically.


What did the internet change?

Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the Internet, virtual communities were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies.


Experience community on places of public interest or by creating something together

And it is not only a virtual community or a neighborhood; communities are also created and grow in other places, such as in Europe’s largest public building, the new high-tech library in Birmingham, UK. On more than 10 levels people from young to old can share over one million books, more than 200 computers, gather in the music room, meet up in theatres or the café and go to the exhibition gallery. On other occasions, supporting people in a neighborhood and training them in refurbishing their homes gives a whole community access to an easy solution for making housing more comfortable again.


Explore community spirit in remote Himalayas

A Buddhist monastery is meant to be a center of community and worship, meditation and teaching. Situated about 100 km west of Leh in Ladakh high up in the Himalayas, the 700-year-old Wanla temple underwent refurbishment so that monks can meet and use the temple again as their community center. People need space and secure rooms to create durable social relations, and they mutually define that relationship as important to their social identity and social practice.