Community is the environment that is around us, and as individuals, we play a big part in the community we create and live in. Community is the places you live, work, the social media you produce and follow, the people around us, and the individual we are towards others. Community is our surroundings and attitude. It can be supportive, oppressive, creative, boring, ever-changing, or stagnant. Community is built by individuals but felt by the whole.
What community do you create? Do you create a community of support and open communication or miss direction and negativity? I’ve been a part of many communities, and I’ve found that positive communities with people learning, changing, and growing are the best to thrive in. Communities allow us to question our ideas, gain different perspectives, socialize, find support, and allow us to vent frustrations without judgment. Communities allow us to be ourselves and challenge us in new ways.
Why are communities important? Communities are important because life would be lonely if they lived completely alone. Communities provide support and strength to people facing all sorts of challenges across the globe. Other communities like your town, provide support in your backyard. Communities allow useless barriers to be broken, needed walls to be built, doorways to be created for growth and change.
SoundGirls is a wonderful example of community. Sharing thoughts and ideas openly without threat of abusive responses or rejection is what many people need. People living the way we do, women experiencing what other women are experiencing, and our partners supporting us. We break down barriers that should no longer exist. Support each other and open doors for everyone’s future and share stories of success and failure along the way so we can learn from them too. We are engaged and growing; we share our experiences, participate in discussions, and learn from each other. We encourage as well as challenge each other to build an active and broader community every day. How have you been engaged in SoundGirls?
What other communities do you surround yourself with? How are you involved and living in these communities?
Heather Holm: Based in Saint Paul, MN; Heather has held many positions in the sound, production, and events business. Most recently as a Production Coordinator serving the Twin Cities area. She holds a BA in Broadcasting and Digital Media Communication and an MS in Organizational Change Leadership. Prior to taking a position with a private production firm, Heather has over seven years of working in higher education dealing with event logistics and production technology and has also been freelancing in the field for several years.