From Sugar Between Neighbors to Community Building

Published for Community Engagement Learning Exchange on April 03, 2019.

We don’t go next door to borrow a cup of sugar very often. Does this lead to community isolation?

Here’s a great illustrated story from YES magazine.

The story starts here…..

Here’s the full story.

Sarah Lazarovic created this comic for The Dirt Issue, the Spring 2019 issue of YES! Magazine. Sarah is an artist and creative director. As a journalist, she’s worked for almost every publication in Canada, covering news and cultural events in comic form. In 2015, her live sketching of a Rob Ford speech won gold at the Online News Association awards. As a Massey Fellow at the University of Toronto in 2014, she studied behavioral economics and environmental sustainability. Her book, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy (Penguin 2014), is available at fine libraries everywhere.

This article was originally published by YES! Media and is reprinted here with permission.

What do you think? Here are some potential reactions:

  • The story smacks of too much “forced neighborliness.” Even in our modern and busy days, I feel I have decent neighborliness without having to borrow sugar.
  • The story makes good points. We try to do too much on our own, rather than ask for small favors. The favors build good community relationships.

Or – something else?

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