1.3) Community | Social Vitality

Social vitality is the ability of members of a community to work together to achieve common goals. It is an important factor in the success of community economic development initiatives. The following section will help you analyze your community’s ability to collaborate, coordinate and cooperate in order to improve social vitality:

Have there been successful community projects that involved different groups coming together for a common goal?
Have there been instances where community members have worked together to achieve a common goal?
Are community members willing to work together on community and economic development initiatives?
Do community members recognize the importance of working together to make positive changes?
Is the relationship between leadership and community members a positive one?
Is your community prepared for new business opportunities?
Is there a common problem facing your community?
Would more or better development help solve this problem?
If so, what can you do to help your community work together?
Is there public participation in response to change?
Can your community effectively mobilize resources?
How does your community organize for planning purposes?
Are there ways to make your community development process more inclusive?
Is community development understood as a process that will bring about change?
What changes, good or bad, might come as a result of community development activity?
How might community members react to this sort of change?
What action can you and your community take now to help offset any negative impacts of change?
How would you go about finding the right information to help take this action?
How could you get others to become interested in community development?
Does your community have a spirit or tradition of people helping each other?
Do community members have a way to express their feelings of pride and attachment to their community?
Is community beautification seen as an ongoing priority?
Think about your community’s human resources capacity by answering the following questions: a) Does your community have a labor force skills inventory?
b) How would you describe the level of quality of human resources in terms of past work experience, work habits, willingness to accept all forms of employment (tele-work, manual labor) and turnover rates?
c) How would you describe the quality of employment opportunities based on availability, job-opening ratio, wage rates and employment statistics?
d) What sort of jobs and careers are community members interested in?