Teamwork: an Effective Solution for Community Problems
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During the 1995-96 academic year, I explored the development of improving communities through team work. By definition, community refers to "an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location (1, p. 267)", which can include a family, neighborhood, business, city, state or country. Despite our country's freedoms, problems continue to plague our national community. In order to move in a direction that cures our community from unemployment, environmental pollution, domestic violence, racism and other sicknesses, it is necessary for groups as individuals to respond together to solve our problems. The first chapter of the paper analyzes the importance of individual empowerment, group diversity, common ground and action. A successful team will thrive from utilizing these aspects and create opportunities for community betterment. These four conditions allow people to take control of their lives and the power to move their community in the direction they want to go. In the second and third chapters, I explore how the Forum for Kalamazoo County played a significant role in my life. Through my work experience I gained valuable skills and insights that have allowed me to place aside my differences in order to work with people that may disagree with my values. Even though I started working on small and menial, but important tasks I built up confidence in my supervisors to accomplish larger projects. Throughout the year, I came to a greater understanding of working with people, the value of real-life economics and the power of teamwork.