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Association for the Study and Development of Community

ASDC is a research and development organization for community capacity building and social problem solving. ASDC represents a network of leading community development practitioners and scientists in the United States and Europe, with offices in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Milan, Italy. ASDC provides capacity building services to government agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Resource Link: www.capablecommunity.com

asdc@capablecommunity.com

301-519-0722

444 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 315

Gaithersburg

MD

20877

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  1. Oliver Says:

    Good evening,

    My name is Oliver and I live and work in a life sharing community that provides residential care and education for children and young adults with learning disabilities. Most of the over 100 carers, teachers and therapists at our home school work as volunteers and receive no actual pay but are therefore provided with accommodation, food, toiletries, etc. as well as we all receive a monthly amount of so called “pocket money” for private expenses.
    Last year I started my BA in education and I am interested in exploring what causes communities like ours to loose its members and attractiveness especially towards young people who do not seem to want to commit longer than for a year or two. This is a phenomena that friends around the world have observed in their life sharing communities as well throughout the past 10 years. I should mention though that this observation seems to be more valid for “western communities” for I have friends who live and work in communities in Africa and South America where this issue does not arise.
    I read with great interest through many articles about the “sense of community” and was wondering if you have any information in regard to research that explores life sharing communities like mine and if there is any SCI that was designed for them. Any recommendation for further reading are appreciated.
    I am very new to this subject but after I graduated from high school a couple of years ago I have been working and living in several communities in the UK and New Zealand and encountered various struggles of community members that were apparently no present (according to the older generation ;)) in the past.
    My aim is to investigate what makes it more difficult for people those days to commit to life sharing communities and what communities can do to meet the new generation’s need without loosing their face.
    Something along those lines…
    I would highly appreciate any kind of input you can give me on this subject and if you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.
    Thanks and greetings,
    Oliver.

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