A community is a social unit of any size that shares common values. Although embodied or face-to-face communities are usually small, larger or more extended communities such as a national community, international community and virtual community are also studied.
In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the internet, virtual communities (like social or academic organizations) were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies.
One broad definition which incorporates all the different forms of community is “a group or network of persons who are connected (objectively) to each other by relatively durable social relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties, and who mutually define that relationship (subjectively) as important to their social identity and social practice”
I am deeply touched to receive this award, as it speaks strongly to my feeling of Community in the Blogosphere, and to the friends I have made here at WordPress and beyond. As those of you who regularly visit my blog know, I do care deeply for all humanity, and for the spiritual well-being and the peace of the Earth which we share, which makes this award precious to me.
I am not aware of any rules associated with this award, but I would like to nominate the following wonderful blogs, each of whom shows a caring heart for the community: