||The first encounter with the “Green Map” was astonishing because it entailed learning about our environment through caring for the land and the ecosystem. Such a simple tool, and yet it activates a wonderful power and becomes a long and lasting effect. Through the process, the researcher became a promotional instructor and set the research goal as the effects of the “Green Map.”|
The literature review on the “Sense of Community” reveals that most concentrate on dissecting the formation of the sense of community. The researches often look into the various factors that affect the sense of community. The goal of this research was to see the effects of drafting the “Green Map” on the “sense of community” through the viewpoint of a “community medium.” It further compared the different results obtained from a “country-style community” (the “Zhu-wei Community”) and a “city-style community” (the “Fu-shan Community”) during the same process of drafting the “Green Map,” both during and after the process.
The sampling masses of this research were the “Zhu-wei Community” (a country-style community) and the “Fu-shan Community” (a city-style community).
General analyses revealed the differences in the sense of community by pre- and post-tests were more uniform for the residents of the Zhu-wei Community and more diverse for those of the Fu-shan Community. The induced effects after the drafting of the Green Map were evident in “Community Participation,” “Community Identity,” and “Neighborhood Interaction” for the Zhu-wei Community; and were significant in “Community Participation” and “Community Identity” for the Fu-shan Community.
Post-test feedback revealed clearly that for both Zhu-wei Community and Fu-shan Community, participants all agreed that the drafting of the Green Map affected the sense of community. This is especially true for “Environmental Thinking,” “Environmental Sustainability,” “Activity Participation,” and “Community Identity.” The results indicated a high degree of change in recognition. In general, the scale of the change is greater in the Zhu-wei Community than in that of the Fu-shan community.
This research concluded that the “Green Map” showed significant impact on the “sense of community.” The results are beneficial to the current simple and effective way of promotion by using the “Green Map” as the medium to concentrate the sense of community. It is advised that in order to push policies forward, the training programs on the macro-construction of communities should include promotional courses on the “Green Map” and to cultivate seed instructors to serve as promotional manpower.