- Your Hood
We come together in times of crisis—it's basic human nature. 9-11, Katrina, Sandy, floods, earthquakes, and fires: these events tend to prod us into huddles of support and sympathy. Barriers that might otherwise seem too high—be they race, age, or class—seem to vanish when our basic human needs are laid bare.
There's great value in that huddling we do. Problems are solved. Helping hands are extended. Unlikely friends are made. Let's take these challenging moments and treat them as an opportunity to knit our communities just a bit closer. Remember the phone tree—that low-fi system of spreading information broadly and quickly? We've got twitter now: faster and broader than just about anything. But what if you need to get word out just to the people who live very close by? This week, pledge to collect and share the contact information of your immediate neighbors. Because when the lights go out, you just might need a candle.