By Nik Ives-Allison

Community. It’s more than just living in the same place or sharing the same interests. It’s about the coming together of a group of people so they can achieve more than they ever could have on their own.

The strongest communities, those that really thrive, are the ones that create conditions that allow everyone to bring their best to the table. They are grounded in respect, which shapes the way they see, understand, and interact with one another and the outside world.

What does this look like in practice? Community members value one another and their perspectives and the well being of individual community members is a collective concern.

For our music community to work, we need to look out for one another. It’s not just the right thing to do (which it absolutely, fundamentally is), it’s the necessary thing. As a community we are defined by how well we take care of one another, our ability to help one another flourish.

Fortunately for those of us in Ottawa, Project Soundcheck and Girls+ Rock Ottawa are teaming up to help us figure some of the hard stuff out. On September 20 they’ll be offering a free Bystander Intervention for Show-Goers workshop at the National Arts Centre.

The overwhelming majority of us want to do our best by one another. Still, it can be a little tricky to know exactly what we should do in complicated situations. We want to do the right thing, but aren’t always sure what that is, or how to handle risky situations without making things worse for those more vulnerable than us. This interactive workshop is set up to help us do just that out in our community.

The more confident we are in intervening, stepping up and looking out for one another, the stronger our community is, so if you can make sure to attend.