Remember front porches and stoops? Seems our homes used to come with plenty of space to hang a swing and set up a couple of rocking chairs to welcome visitors and share stories. Apartment complexes had spacious entrances for tenants to congregate and dish on the latest news about neighborhood happenings.
In his new book The Thank You Economy, author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk reminds us that a century ago, news, information and ideas were shared neighbor to neighbor from porch to porch and windowsill to windowsill.
But, in recent decades, we’ve moved to our backyards, built fences and closed ourselves off from others. In fact, walk through your neighborhood this evening and check – do the houses even have porches anymore? Do the apartments feature public spaces?
But, it’s summer in Minnesota, so why not step outside of your space and build a new front porch?
Attending the Rural Arts and Culture Summit June 8 – 11 in Fergus Falls? InCommons will be conducting the breakout session “Hosting Courageous Collaborative Conversations with Multi-Stakeholder Groups” on Thursday, June 9, at 12:45 p.m.
Say you’ve got four years to make the world a better place. What would you do?
Thanks to Jake Voit, InCommons Manager, for pointing me to a new initiative and cause called “Four Years. Go.” It’s based on the very real fact that our actions and choices over the next four years will impact the world for the next 1,000 years. On the surface, that proposition sounds a little like presidential campaign rhetoric, doesn’t it? But dig deeper, and ask yourself:
• What happens if we don’t commit to more sustainable energy sources in the next four years?