IN HUMAN COMMUNITIES there are a number of factors that bring people together. These include intent – what you might want to achieve together such as a political party, needs, perhaps to live near water, risks, to stay safe, beliefs, your religion, resources, what you own and where you live, preferences and hobbies. There are a number of other conditions that may be present which bring people together so that they can share their common interests with one another. All these factors affect the identity of the participants in that community and their degree of cohesiveness. Since the advent of the internet, the concept of community has also included virtual communities.  Now there are no geographical limits. Prior to the internet, communities wishing to share knowledge, such as academics or social communities, were limited by the constraints of transport and communication.  Ten years ago Facebook did not exist. We are still experimenting and learning from our experiences online as part of the virtual community. Your community will mean many different things to you. Your home community might be in a large city, a small town where perhaps you have grown up and known many people or a village you have recently moved to where you take part in local activities.  Or you might live in a place where you feel you are a complete stranger to other people living around you. What makes a community a ‘sticky’ place, a place where we are regularly drawn to go back to and spend time there, perhaps because it fills some of our needs, needs that we might not have realised we have? Ther [...]

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