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I’ve been giving this a lot of thought as I work on a presentation for Emerson College tomorrow night with Chris Brogan. What is community, in a world where friends can be a click away but a thousand miles apart, where you can be next to someone but can’t talk except via Twitter, where you don’t know your neighbors next door but you do know their daughter on Facebook? What is community when a recession is imminent and when it seems like there’s more call for help, more people in need than ever before?

A community is the place where you can do the most good.

Maybe it’s online, maybe it’s your church group, maybe it’s Second Life or MySpace, maybe it’s coworkers. Your community is the place where you can be most effective at making the world a better place, for yourself, for your friends, for everyone.