It’s amazing the things one stumbles upon on the Twitter, but learned via GOOD that they have officially claimed Saturday, April 27th as Neighborday. There isn’t much notice to make preparations but if you are interested, here is a link to their Neighborday ToolKit with lots of great things you can download. It’s a shame we are postponing South End Soul cause this would have fit perfectly with Neighborday. It’s not too late to come up with some ideas. Here some info that they shared on their site to spark your creativity.
“It’s crazy how few of us know our neighbors: their names, their phone numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online “social” networking has only made it easier to avoid face-to-face contact in the real world. What might we be missing? Collaborators, friends, emergency contacts, sugar? What does this mean for society? As Harvey Milk said, “If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods.” So, let’s do something about it. On April 27, we invite you to celebrate Neighborday. Whether it’s as simple as summoning the courage to ask the guy in apartment 3B what is name is…again, or as ambitious as coordinating a full-fledged block party replete with a mariachi band, bouncy castle, and street hockey tournament… Click “DO IT,” and we’ll give you everything you need to make it happen. For more Neighboring inspiration, follow along at good.is/neighboring.”
Also, here is a link to a post from Project for Public Spaces, “Why True Neighborhood Building Require the Dedication of a Few Zealous Nuts”