Thanks to everyone who made it out to our event earlier this month, “Building Community Online and Offline” at City Year’s headquarters in Boston.
Speakers at this event were Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director of Boston World Partnerships; Joseph Porcelli, Founder and Chief Neighbor at Neighbors for Neighbors; and Doris Sommer, Faculty Director at Cultural Agents. After speaking briefly about each of their organizations, they went on to discuss the significance of online tools in the work that they do as well as the value of face-to-face conversations. They told stories of online and on-the-ground organizing and shared lessons they’ve learned over the years as leaders in their communities.
More information about the organizations:
Boston World Partnerships is a nonprofit organization, created by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to raise global awareness of Boston as one of the world’s foremost centers of intellectual capital and innovation, offering tremendous competitive advantages to growth-minded businesses. It’s mission is to inform business leaders worldwide about the competitive advantages that Boston offers, and connects them with the resources they need to grow here. BWP also works to strengthen the general business climate and to help existing Boston businesses achieve sustainable success. Read more here.
Neighbors for Neighbors, a Boston Based 501c3, led by a former Boston Police Neighborhood Watch Organizer, provides neighborhood-centric community-generated social networks for Boston Neighborhoods that serve as a soundboard for voices and a springboard for action. Unlike facebook, Neighbors for Neighbors connects people who live, work and serve in a particular neighborhood to others who they don’t already know and helps them discover and organize around common interests. Read more here.
Cultural Agents, based at Harvard University, brings together artists, educators, and community leaders in innovative collaborations that revitalize civic life both locally and internationally. The mission of Cultural Agents is to promote the arts and humanities as social resourecs. Cultural Agents fosters creativity and scholarship that measurably contribute to the education and development of communities worldwide. Identifying creative agents of change, reflecting on best practices, and inspiring their replication, Cultural Agents shows that creativity sustains healthy democracies by developing the moral imagination and resourcefulness in citizens. Read more here.