InCommons is a new and growing community-based initiative that connects people – face-to-face and online – so they can find and share credible tools, knowledge and resources to solve problems. It’s based on the idea that lessons learned in one community become starting points for communities and individuals addressing similar issues in other towns and cities in the region. InCommons hopes to bring this idea to life through community gatherings and online sharing of resources and solutions.
Our mission is to inspire and support the courageous leadership necessary to engage communities and solve problems. InCommons provides a guiding set of values that nurture a new way of working together: listening, co-creating, local, get and give, diversity, safety, transparency, respect, collaboration and action.
In communities throughout the region, people are having problems solving problems. Many people often work alone, or work in such small numbers they can’t tackle a big job. Others are stymied because of the status quo of “that’s just how it’s done here.” Or, they work in one community not knowing that elsewhere in the state another group has already worked on a similar issue and figured out a solution.
InCommons seeks to connect these disconnects.
You’re among the first to participate. Please realize that although this website is pre-populated with basic information right now, the majority of InCommons content will be generated by active users like you. The site will grow and become even more useful as the network expands.
Joining InCommons is easy and free. Simply visit the site, register and create a profile. Within your profile, you can share stories and solutions about community issues you have or seek to resolve. Learn about or organize in-person gatherings in your area focused on resolving community issues. Searchable databases connect you with individuals and groups around the state.
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