[Global Youth Camp for SSE]: Working Group Discussion on Local Communities

Category: 
International Network
Others
Class: 
Social innovation
Sustainable Development

Discussed at: The 1st GSEF Global Youth Camp for SSE 

Facilitator: Jon Abaitua (Spain) 

Date: From August 23rd to August 25th, 2017 

Group concept: 

Local communities play a key role in nowadays’ globalized and chaotic world. As new generations (Millenials, Z gen etc.) all around the world feel “global citizens”, there is a special need in re-connecting with “local”, in order to create a common “Glocal=global & local” concept.

According to Wikipedia, a local community is a group of interacting people sharing an environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks and a number of conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

And according to Simon Sinek, a community is a group, a community is a group of people who agree to grow together.

Why is worth it to really connect and develop local communities, starting to create small positive impact while contributing to the systemic and global community? How is best way for making it happen and which are the key elements for it? What’s the role youth play on this? And the role of social entrepreneurs in order to develop and create wealth within local communities while being global at the same time?

The group started discussions from local collective awareness in order to serve and contribute then expanded to the “whole”.