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Beyond the Diet: 10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Neighborhood


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Most New Year's resolutions are focused on personal improvement. Get in shape. Get organized. Read more. These are great...but what if we resolved to improve our neighborhoods too?

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Beyond the Diet: 10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Neighborhood

  1. 1. BEYOND THE DIET 10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Neighborhood
  2. 2. 1. Meet your neighbors
  3. 3. Neighborhood connectedness leads to:  more active citizens greater happiness greater resilience in the face of crisis but...
  4. 4. 43% ONLY 43 percent of Americans know all or most of their neighbors (Pew Research Center)
  5. 5. 8 easy ways to meet your neighbors: Learn their names Walk your neighborhood Live more life in your front yard Bring a welcome basket to a newcomer Make too much of your favorite dish and share a plate Attend a neighborhood meeting Ask for help Offer help
  6. 6. 2. Walk your neighborhood
  7. 7. "Culture, nature, history, sociology, demographics, economics, justice, hopes and dreams and fears — they all come to life as we encounter real people in real places…at the patient pace of step­by­step."
  8. 8. 3. Host a Soup Night
  10. 10. 4. Build a Little Free Library
  11. 11. 30,000 The number of Little Free Libraries around the world (Little Free Library, Ltd.)
  12. 12. Pinterest is a great place to look for inspiration
  13. 13. 5. Visit a local senior
  14. 14. 11,000,000 The number of Americans over the age of 65 who live alone (2010 U.S. Census Bureau)
  15. 15. "We’ve been blessed to have some wonderful older neighbors. They became friends, 'great­grandparents' to our children, and mentors who taught us a lot about the history of our neighborhood and how to live well in it. We tried to reciprocate by helping out with projects around their homes, checking in on them regularly, and just being good company."
  16. 16. 6. Invest locally
  17. 17. Locally­owned businesses are the cornerstone of community prosperity. 3 ways to invest locally in the new year...
  18. 18. Take advantage of new crowdfunding rules to invest in private startups and small businesses Recommended
  19. 19. Move your money to a bank or credit union that invests in local businesses Recommended
  20. 20. Join or start a Slow Money investing club Recommended
  21. 21. 7. "Repair" an intersection Photo by Greg Raisman, flickr
  22. 22. Intersection repair... “[reclaims] the street as a shared public space and as an important venue for local culture.” (City Repair Project)
  23. 23. Intersection repair... Brings neighbors together to dream, plan, design, and create Becomes a natural gathering place for the neighborhood Provides a useful landmark for navigation Slows traffic Is a sign that this neighborhood is ALIVE and ACTIVE and LOVED.
  24. 24. 8. Create a community garden
  25. 25. Transform a neglected corner or a vacant lot into a garden overflowing with life. Recommended
  26. 26. 9. Start a Common Change circle
  27. 27. Common Change: Community­centered microphilanthropy that blends "high­tech with high­touch" How it works...
  28. 28. 10. Dream with neighbors
  29. 29. Maybe the best thing you can do in the coming year is to meet with your family and neighbors to envision together what a more flourishing neighborhood looks like five, ten, even fifty years from now. From there, decide on a few tangible things you can work on together now.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  30. 30. BEYOND THE DIET: by John Pattison Based on the article "Beyond the Diet: 10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Neighborhood," originally published at The Resourceful Community. 10 New Year's Resolutions for Your Neighborhoods Read the full text: ©2016