A colleague recently asked me to define community in 100 words or less. Here is my attempt. What do you think?
A group of people with something in common who consider they have some connection.
Community suggests some form of commonality, whether it be geographic (e.g., neighbourhoods), interest (e.g., communities of practice), a community of identity (e.g., the gay and lesbian community) or virtual (e.g., online communities). Community also suggests boundaries (often self-defined) creating the sense that some people are part of a community and some are not. Different dimensions of community can overlap and interact, particularly in creating community boundaries (e.g., somebody in a specific geographic location might not be considered part of the community because they are too “different”).