Mike Fretto11 months ago
It's interesting to see these types of ideas, but I would argue that we may need to shift our focus on how we communicate with one another. Might we be so accustomed to technology and messaging tools that we have simply lost sense of how to talk to and interact with another human being? We need to reach out to our community members personally. Isn't that what we are after here as neighbors?
Rather than slipping a note under a door and "heading for the hills," why don't we bring that neighbor we barely know, a plate of cookies or a six pack of beer and actually introduce ourselves? If we want tighter neighborhoods, we have to be willing to put ourselves out there, it shouldn't be written on a piece of paper that says so. The idea of a "phone tree" is great, but what are some reasons that neighbors will want your phone number in the first place? Do you know your neighbor's story? Do you know what they are passionate about or even what their needs are? Let's stop over-thinking this and go out and actually talk to our neighbors! We don't need trendy fill-in-the-blanks handouts and thank you note templates—we just need to take the initiative to knock on our neighbor's door and say hello. I truly believe this is the path to a true feeling of interconnectedness and neighborhood improvement.