Vitality is the difference between a community thriving, rather than merely surviving. What makes a community thrive? Previous research reveals that communities face an array of social, ecological, and economic challenges. Their response to these challenges is mixed: while some communities struggle to survive, others thrive. Understanding community vitality, why some communities are resilient, adaptive and innovative in the face of change and others are not, is a pressing question for all of us.
What makes a community vital?