Community = frequency of touch X commonality of purpose
This is the definition that resonates most with me because it holds true regardless of the type of community, and it expresses community as a value, rather than a commodity.
Community isn’t something we’re all entitled to—it’s something you have to build and maintain. Something you work to keep strong, and fight to defend. A community also implies that there's no hierarchy; anyone can belong as long as they contribute. A community is a group of people who value each other and their ideas, actively participate in a way that is mutually beneficial, and use their commonality of purpose to create a sense of belonging.
In Edmonton, I'm lucky to be part of many communities. It’s one of the reasons I love this city and choose to live and build my career here. I’ve always found this place to be one that values community, and where everyone gets involved takes part. People are always less than two degrees of separation apart, and are happy to accept an invitation for a coffee to lend their ear or offer advice. I've lost track of the number of people I've reached out to who have generously given me their time and their counsel, simply because I’ve asked for it.
I’ve recently become a member of the VMS community. Before I joined, I didn’t refer to it as a community; in my mind it was an organization. I’ve come to realize that this is a huge short sell. There's definitely an organization to the community that keeps it operational, reinforces its purpose, and ensures it's operating within its constraints, but at its core it’s a community of like-minded, passionate individuals working together to make a difference for entrepreneurship in the city.
it is a group of people who value each other and their ideas
Drilling down into what makes the VMS community so special, I would have to say it’s three things:
Looking back on my experience with VMS so far, I can honestly say it’s a privilege that benefits me just as much as it benefits our entrepreneurs. To me, that is the legacy of this community. And it’s what makes ThresholdImpact VMS a community others should aspire to build.
VMS Mentor since 2019