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Stages of community development*

Posted on by Brandon Klein

This webpage introduces the concept of 'Stages of Community Formation'. Since community building is an essential component of community development (CD) workshops, it is necessary for CD practitioners to have an understanding of the stages of community formation, in order to be able to facilitate these stages during workshops. The different models of community formation that we have described below provide a framework for CD practitioners to work with different types of communities. Most of the Participatory Learning Activities (PLA) that aid in community building have a focus on learning; this website aims to focus on the different stages of community formation, for example, how participants in different stages are likely to behave and what effect it has on the effectiveness of the community and its goals. The models that are detailed on this webpage focus on the components of community that are often the subtle, elusive secondary result of all CD workshops.