Community concerns

I have felt very uneasy for some time with the way the word community is used in business and by whom. I had the word expunged from the systems we implemented at the BBC because I hated it when people talked about "managing communities", "forming communities" or, saints preserve us, "community champions". If communities exist at all they form themselves through people behaving in certain subtle ways over a period of time and through volition rather than control. It was old style management using cuddlier words.

In a great post Will Davies muses on the use of the word in politics and comes up with some interesting and not dissimilar conclusions.