Won’t You Be My Neighborland Neighbor?
For those of us who remember Mr. Rogers, we will always associate him with a comfy blue cardigan sweater and a theme song called “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Well, in our modern Web 2.0 world, there are plenty of opportunities to be an online neighbor.
What Neighborland has done is combine the ability to connect online with community activism offline. It’s a way to make your physical, real-world, non-virtual neighborhood better by sharing ideas, supporting insights, and connecting with others who share your passions for neighborhood initiatives and improvements.
Neighborland is built on the premise that if it matters to anyone in a neighborhood, then it MATTERS!! No issue is too large or too small to propose via the Neighborland social channel. Plus, you can easily connect to it via your Facebook or Twitter account.
Here’s how it works. Sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account. Then, fill out the “I want __ in my neighborhood” form. Some of the examples from the Denver Neighborland board include a gun control initiative requested by Mayor Michael Hancock, several suggestions for new light rail routes, and even some micro-requests for specific neighborhood gardens or initiatives based on mutual interests. No matter what you care about or what your idea is to make your block or larger community better – Neighborland wants to know!
The invitation for ideas doesn’t stop with just filling in a form. On Neighborland, you can describe your ideas, add pictures or video, or suggest a location or meeting and then share it. It’s a way of bringing everyone in a community into the community development process by helping them to understand it and then working with community and municipal leaders to create better . . . . .wait for it! . . . . Neighborlands!
These are some of the ways communities worked with Neighborland-
- A community in Houston identified a dangerous intersection for cyclists and traffic lights were reprogrammed as a result.
- Vendors, foodies and civic groups from the Neighborland community formed the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition to bring more street food to New Orleans.
- Policy advocates, software developers and transit riders from our community joined forces to persuade the transit authority to embrace open data, and built New Orleans’s first mobile transit app.
By empowering residents and connecting them with the right municipal resources to make ideas happen, Neighborland intends to offer multiple ways to connect people and organizations who want the same thing to share knowledge and resources in order to make good things happen. Initially started as an experiment in New Orleans in 2011, Neighborland is now going national to generate ideas and make community goodness happen.
Why not help Neighborland reach its goals by proposing an idea of your own or just joining to observe what is going on? Learn more: https://neighborland.com
Things can only get better when you start sharing ideas and working together on building a solid online and offline community.