Community Self-Sufficiency

Strong relationships are built on trust.  Increased social and geographic fragmentation in addition to growing economic inequality could be addressed by fostering greater trust between people, institutions, sectors and governments.  Strengthening communities through several specific strategies could encourage this level of trust, cooperation and interdependence.  A strong recommendation from Enough For All is the establishment of a network of ‘Community Hubs’; resident-led, place-based physical or virtual spaces where residents may gather around community-building events, community economic development, accessing services and recreation.  Most importantly, in order to be effective, community hubs respond to the unique needs of a particular community, so no two may be identical.  In addition to Community Hubs, other strategies to strengthen communities include identifying and encouraging strong peer support networks and supporting residents to focus on the assets of their community, rather than the deficits.