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The internet and community

Lately I’ve been noticing more and more organizations that are bringing it back to basics and I love it. Seeing a shift in business more towards community is really an interesting phenomenon and indicative, I think, of how people are really feeling. I would like to think that more and more people are realizing that we aren’t all islands floating in the world alone and that we need each other and our communities to enrich our lives.

I’d like to think that this how my parents grew up and I got to experience this a little before the internet come along and added a new wall to break through. But now that we’ve finally figured out the internet, more or less, we’re seeing ways to use it to supplement this need for community, to connect with the people around us that we may not have before.

I read an article recently about dinner co-ops; where people who live near each other take turns cooking for one another. And shortly after I heard about a company out of LA, NeighborGoods, that helps people put the stuff that sits and gathers dust in their garage to use locally. A similar idea is Freecycle where people post they have stuff they don’t want and someone nearby goes and picks it up. Even Meetup.com is using the internet to bring people together in real life.

So in a way, once we figured out how to use it, the internet is helping us more than ever create that community we’re clearly still looking for. But it’s a fine line, getting people out from behind the screen and in front of each other.

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Burst of creativity

In an unexpected turn of events I find myself with several ideas for great projects.  The only problem being that I’m not entirely sure how to get them going or if I can actually turn them into something that could eventually support me financially.

Project 1 is to try and bring the Sunday Streets model to the peninsula and have each town host a street closure through out the warm months.

Project 2 is a restaurant association for San Mateo county, as there doesn’t seem to be one currently.

It’s  been interesting to see what happens when you accept how things are and try to make them better organically instead of wishing they were another way and being sad about it.

I’ve never been a creative person, but I’m totally going with this and seeing where it leads!