The study explores the reciprocal acknowledgment between active local groups and citi-zens as a social dynamic aimed at promoting a more responsible style of togetherness into lo-cal communities. Focalized interviews about this topic were administered to eight members of a socially and politically active group; the Thematic Analysis was used. What emerged high-lights the troubles about a reciprocal acknowledgment, which disempowers group’s mission and actions. The need of further spaces to make differences meet and match, to promote partic-ipation and empowerment, and to foster a reciprocal acknowledgment within local communi-ties emerges.
Keywords: Sense of responsible togetherness (SoRT), social groups, local communities, en-gagement, participation, citizenship