The Irish.Network facilitates community members coming together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community wellbeing (economic, social, environmental and cultural) evolves from this type of collective action being taken at a grassroots level. These Community development projects range from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community.
We support and facilitate effective community development that benefits communities that is well planned inclusive and equitable and looks at an integrated and bigger picture.
Community development is a grassroots process by which communities organize and plan together to empower themselves, reduce poverty and suffering, create employment and economic opportunities, and achieve social, economic, cultural and environmental goals.
We seek to ensure through our online portals that effective community development results in mutual benefit and shared responsibility among community members and ensure that such development recognizes:
- the connection between social, cultural, environmental and economic matters
- the diversity of interests within a community
We support Community development in order to address issues and take advantage of opportunities, find common ground and balance competing interests. It doesn’t just happen – capacity building requires both a conscious and a conscientious effort to take action to improve the community.
Communities of Interest
Our community is the rural area, town or village where we live. When community is defined through physical location, it has precise boundaries that are readily understood and accepted by others. Communities can also however be defined by culture, heritage, language, beliefs and shared interests.
The Irish.Network community development process takes charge of the conditions and factors that influence a community and changes the quality of life of its members. We see our online community development as a tool for managing change that seeks to include community members from participating in initiative that occurs in isolation from other related community activities.