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by Phil Bartle



The degree to which a community or organization has unity, is the degree to which it can make decisions as a whole.

It is not the same thing as homogeneity (all the same), but where people recognize and respect each others' differences, yet recognize a common bond

It is a shared sense of belonging to a known entity (ie the group composing the community), although every community has divisions or schisms (religious, class, status, income, age, gender, ethnicity, clans), the degree to which community members are willing to tolerate the differences and variations among each other and are willing to cooperate and work together, a sense of a common purpose or vision, shared values.

Unity is one of the sixteen elements of strength, power or capacity of a community or organization.

See: Elements of Community Strength.

When a community or organization is more unified, it is stronger.

(Unity does not mean that everyone is the same, but that everyone tolerates and understands each others' differences, and works for the common good).

When stimulating a community to organize and act, the mobilizer needs to be aware of the role of unity in empowering that community or organization.

 Català: unitat,    Deutsch: Einheit,    Ελληνικά: ενοτητα,    English: unity,    Español: unidad,    Français: unité,    Italiano: unity,    Português: unidade,    Română: unitatea,    Srpski: ujedinjenost,    中文 (Zhōngwén): 团结一致



No community is naturally unified; there are always conflict and competition, if not social schisms that tear every community apart.

See Unity Organizing.

That is why it is the task of every mobilizer to engage in activities that promote unity, so that a community decision (eg to choose a particular plan of action) is truly the choice of the whole community rather than only a choice of a particular faction.

 Català: unitat organització,    Deutsch: Einheit fördern,    Ελληνικά: οργανωση τησ ενοτητασ,    English: unity organising,    Español: organización de la unidad,    Français: organisation d'unité,    Italiano: organizzare un'unità,    Română: Organizarea unităţii,    Srpski: organizovanje ujedinjenosti,    中文 (Zhōngwén): 组织人们,使之团结



Urban agriculture is a very old practice and its revival in low-income communities has generated very positive results.

It contributes to food security for the families involved, strengthens neighbourhood ties and enhances popular culture and knowledge.

As usually happens in almost any community action front, urban agriculture has strong participation of women.

 Ελληνικά: αστικη καλλιεργεια,    English: urban gardening,    Español: agricultura urbana,    Português: agricultura urbana,    Srpski: urbano vrtlarstvo,    中文 (Zhōngwén): 市区种植 



The attribute "utility" is the degree to which something is "useful." This attribute, utility, is one of the two essential elements of wealth or value (the other is relative scarcity).

A "Public Utility" (eg a communal electricity or water supply facility) is something useful to the public or society as a whole.

 Bahasa Indonesia: kegunaan,    Català: utilitat,    Deutsch: Nützlichkeit,    Ελληνικά: χρησιμότησ,    English: utility,    Español: utilidad,    Français: utilitaire,    Italiano: utilità,    Português: utilidade,    Română: utilitate,    Srpski: korisnost,    中文 (Zhōngwén): 有用程度

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