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Getting to know your neighbors can be a whole lot easier and way more entertaining if you’re doing a project together. With On My Block Films, we challenge filmmakers to create a film on their block using only their neighbors as the cast and crew. Last year’s participants walked away with great films and, most importantly, relationships with their neighbors.

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I started On My Block Films as a way to build stronger communities in New York, after I looked around and realized I didn’t know my neighbors—and no one else did, either. We’d nod hello in our lobby, but rarely know the names of the folks across the hallway. It’s unfortunate because we shared close lives in terms of proximity, but nothing else; we didn’t have relationships with each other. We exchange pleasantries and that’s it.

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Food for Thinkers: Your Complete 16-Course Tasting Menu

Your handy bookmark-able guide to the all-you-can-read extravaganza of ideas, stories, opinions, and proposals that was GOOD's Food for Thinkers week.

Last week, as I hope some of you may have noticed, we hosted a six-day Food for Thinkers blogfest. With the launch of GOOD's new food hub, I wanted to stake out an expanded territory for food writing, and at the same time, start building a community of influences and inspiration.

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