Edging Forward by Ann Dale

Edging Forward by Ann Dale

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Chapter 5: Charlotte’s Web

June 30, 2015

Sustainable Community Development

Some of the most powerful forces we know are invisible. You can’t see magnetism but it operates everywhere. Gravity is pervasive but without substance. An exposed electrical wire can seriously injure you but you can’t tell by looking at it whether it is live or not.  Social ties are like that. Social capital, the study of the economic and social benefit that people receive as a result of being part of a network of connected individuals, reveals patterns and dynamics that are difficult to understand, see, or consistently measure but are proving profoundly important to the well-being of communities.

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“For me, a web pictorially shows the meaning of community, but more importantly, the meaning of being in community. Isn’t a community simply about relationships, not just with our own, but also with other species? They are about connections, both place-based and virtual. Since we humans are biologically driven to seek connection and have needs for bonding and social capital connections, the design and redesign of the physical space of our neighbourhoods and our cities is vital for enabling diverse relationships to occur. And if we value and wish to continue to share our space with other species, we need to take into account their needs for space and place, as well as our own.” (p. 71)

– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development

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