Most people don’t know or interact with more than a few of their neighbors or civil servants, and are unaware of established community and government resources; without mechanisms to connect, communicate, and collaborate, they are left frustrated and apathetic, unlikely to act or advocate for themselves or each other, nor feel vested in the neighborhood where they live.
Demand for municipal and social services are on the rise while resources to finance and deliver these services are scarce. It is this disparity that leaves needs and expectations unmet and opportunities for trust and collaboration unfulfilled.
To connect people who live, work, and serve in the same neighborhood and city and to provide tools for them to communicate and to collaborate around common interests.
We envision neighborhoods where neighbors know the names of their neighbors and those who serve them, are safe and happy, have access to services and share resources, and feel motivated to proactively contribute to each other’s quality of life.
We operate a neighbor-centric online social network for Boston to connect bostonians to others who live, work, and serve in the same neighborhood and city. Our network provide a mechanism that makes it possible for participants to connect, communicate, and collaborate around common interests.
Municipal personnel such as city liaisons enrich the networks; Police Officers and non-profit program coordinators share information and interact with members to help their constituents solve problems. Municipal personnel can also message all members to mobilize them around immediate threats such as spikes in crime or public health hazards.
Users leverage the features on the network as self-service tools. Through blogs, forum discussions, photos, videos, music, groups, and embeddable media, users get answers to their questions, find solutions to their needs, promote community events, share media, and organize and participate in interest groups. Users also participate in neighborhood forums where they communicate about neighborhood happenings such as community projects, crime, block parties, and yard sales.
WE CONNECT NEIGHBORS WITH EACH OTHER, TO RESOURCES
AND SHARE INFORMATION
WE ARE A SOUNDBOARD FOR VOICES
WE ARE A SPRINGBOARD FOR ACTION