“Do more than belong: participate.
Do more than care: help.
Do more than believe: practice.
Do more than be fair: be kind.
Do more than forgive: forget.
Do more than dream: work”
In this article we present a perception that sees man and the community as principally responsible for the construction and design of their environment. This assumption is reshaping the intra-community interactions that are currently in effect. We no longer speak of passive citizens, the extent of whose activism is measured by the number of their demands from public institution; rather, of citizens and communities, defining their individual and collective needs and aspirations, and creating a social environment that enables their existence.
This article puts forth the theoretical conception, practical models and examples of community activism in Ashdod, Hod Hasharon, Bat Yam and Ra’anana. These include: the community piazza, a mentoring project, roundtables, a people’s assembly, community renewal, a project for acceptance of differences, urban volunteer networks, and an urban future center.
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In addition, the main factors for the successful creation of community and social involvement will be discussed. In our opinion, these are related to the interfaces between the various players in the city. We will conclude the article with the question of success – how to define and measure the success of activities that encourage social and community involvement.