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In the recent times, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites

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October 17, 2016: In the recent times, people with busy scheduled life and nuclear families have isolated themselves from the rest of social activities. To them, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites. In this world of increasing loneliness, community events have become a must for the society. They help people in getting to know each other and also to spread awareness about various social issues. Here are 10 ways to have community gatherings that also happen to be extremely fun.

  • Throw a street party, less talk and more action!

Street parties also known as ‘block parties’ have a long history. They first originated in New York at the beginning of World War I.

Whole blocks were sealed in order to hold a parade and patriotic singing to honour the warriors of that particular block. In the UK, street parties began taking place in 1919 in the form of ‘Peace Teas’ after the war. They were thought of as a treat for children who had struggled in those hard times. These parties were formal events.

Since then, street parties were regularly held in England and Wales on national days of celebration, such as  the wedding of Diana and Charles in 1981.

Today Street parties are held at any time, for all age groups, in order to build community relations at the local level. They are a fun and friendly affair where people bring a dish to share.

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Party. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a film screening: Serious or Funny, people will have a good time!

Everyone enjoys a great movie on a big screen with yummy popcorn. You could plan a film screening at a public place such as  local school, or even in the open, under the sky. You can  Choose to screen a recent blockbuster or if you want to deliver a certain message, you can play movies related to it. For instance, you could choose ‘Fault in Our Stars’ if you want to spread awareness about cancer. However, under UK copyright law, you require a licence to do screen films outside your home.

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Watching movies. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Have a pub quiz: Get Mind boggling questions to engage all!

A quiz game with questions related to general knowledge  can be fun for a broad audience. You can also focus on different groups by having questions on topics such as music, sports etc. To make things more interesting, you can have a theme quiz with matching decorations and costumes.Writing questions for the quiz is a very important and also difficult task. Use help from the internet, library or buy a ready-made quiz book.

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Quiz. Gif source: Giphy

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  • Relax and Go for Gardening!

Gardening is one of the most peaceful and relaxing activities that is also quite fun. Find a green area in your locality that in not in the best condition and try to restore it with your community members. Removing weeds, picking out litter, and growing flowers will transform it into a beautiful recreational spot. You could also try turning unused land into vegetable patches. Holding vegetable growing competitions would also do the trick!

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Gardening, Giphy
  • Organize a swap shop, offer a helping hand!

Organising a swapping event will lead to both social and environmental advantages for the community. It will minimise the magnitude of junk filling up the landfills. This activity will also help the poor as they would be able to get items that they need.

  • Bring out the talent! Organise an arts & crafts festival

Artists and craft enthusiasts are present in every community. Having your own crafts and art festival would be fun. You can have stalls selling hand-made craft items such as jewellery, decorations etc. Street art would be a great way to attract the younger generation. You can also have an auction for charitable causes.

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Drawing, Giphy
  • Have a Theme Day: Look for weird Costumes!

There are a lot of themed days you can organise. Take help from the internet to select a fun theme that would interest all age groups. A good way to involve the community is by asking them to dress up as particular. You can also call local or even famous writers who are related to your community. You can have story writing and poetry competitions.

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Theme parties may turn as hilarious as this. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a performance for multi-talented people!

Everyone Performances by artists are a wonderful community event. You can organise live performances by dancers, singers martial artists etc. For example, you could have a live theatre  performance for your community.

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Dance, Giphy

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  • Plan a  Food Fest and make Foodies happy!

Everyone loves delicious food with irresistible aroma! Food fests are a great way of highlighting  the local producers, sellers and chefs of the community. People will get to eat amazing local food while socialising among themselves. You could also donate the profit made for some charitable cause.

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Foodie, Giphy
  • Fireworks always attract Crowd!  

Fireworks always attract a crowd. People are amazed by the glowing and sparkling sky. Add a bonfire and you have an amazing community event. Serve delicious food to make the night even better.

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Firework. Gif Source: Giphy

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The European Union Warns Facebook Over Consumer’s Data Usage

Facebook said it has already updated its terms of service in May to incorporate changes recommended at that point by EU authorities.

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The European Union’s consumer protection chief said Thursday she’s growing impatient with Facebook’s efforts to improve transparency with users about their data, warning it could face sanctions for not complying.

EU Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova turned up the pressure on the social media giant, saying she wants the company to update its terms of service and expects to see its proposed changes by mid-October so they can take effect in December.

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European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova attends an interview with Reuters at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. VOA

“I will not hide that I am becoming rather impatient because we have been in dialogue with Facebook almost two years and I really want to see, not the progress — it’s not enough for me — but I want to see the results,” Jourova said.

The EU wants Facebook to give users more information about how their data is used and how it works with third party makers of apps, games and quizzes.

“If we do not see the progress the sanctions will have to come,” she said. She didn’t specify punishment, saying they would be applied by individual countries. “I was quite clear we cannot negotiate forever, we just want to see the result.”

The EU has been pressing the U.S. tech company to look at what changes it needs to make to better protect consumers and this year Facebook has had to adapt to new EU data protection rules. The concerns took on greater urgency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal erupted, in which data on 87 million Facebook users was allegedly improperly harvested.

Jourova said she hopes Facebook will take more responsibility for its nearly 380 million European users.

“We want Facebook to be absolutely clear to its users about how their service operates and makes money,” she said.

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Facebook said it has already updated its terms of service in May to incorporate changes recommended at that point by EU authorities.

The company said it “will continue our close cooperation to understand any further concerns and make appropriate updates.”

Jourova also said U.S.-based property rental site Airbnb has agreed to clarify its pricing system in response to complaints that it could mislead consumers.

Airbnb has promised to be fully transparent by either including extra fees in the total price for a booking quoted on its website or notifying users that they might apply, she said.

 

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U.S.-based property rental site Airbnb has agreed to clarify its pricing system in response to complaints that it could mislead consumers. Flickr

The company is complying with EU demands spurred by concerns that consumers could be confused by its complicated pricing structure, which could add unexpected costs such as cleaning charges at the end of a holiday.

Airbnb is also changing its terms of service to make it clear that travelers can sue their host if they suffer personal harm or other damages. That’s in response to complaints that its booking system can leave tourists stranded if the rental is canceled when all other arrangements have been already made.

Also Read: EU Regulators Question Online Retailer Amazon’s Data Usage

Airbnb said “guests have always been aware of all fees, including service charges and taxes, before booking listings,” and will work with authorities to make it even clearer. (VOA)