Community capacity is the interaction of human, organizational, and social capital existing within a given community that can be leveraged to solve collective problems and improve or maintain the well-being of a given community. It may operate through informal social processes and/or organized efforts by individuals, organizations, and the networks of association among them and between them and the broader systems of which the community is a part.
Fisher, Scott, Waylon Greggain and Blythe C. Shepard, “Community Capacity Building as a Model for Career Development Planning.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.482.
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, “Community capacity building.” Online: http://www.ohcc-ccso.ca/fr/node/192 (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)