Technology can do many things, including keep us isolated in our homes looking at our screens. But it can also be put to great use to promote deeper community connection.
Let’s use tech to make our lives more supported and connected. Through the use of well-designed apps, we can connect to our neighbors, our village, and the entire city.
What would these apps do for us? We can use them for free-cycling (to give away clothing, furniture, books); for bartering and trading (snow shoveling fin exchange for a home-cooked dinner for two); for posting ride-shares (commuting, anyone?); for alerts (lost dogs; going away for vacation); for information about Neighborhood Watch; for requests for names of electricians, painters, piano tuners; and, importantly, to ask for help (rides to the doctor, home watch during a funeral, food for a shut-in, a last minute need for that classic cup of sugar). We can have apps for the neighborhood and apps for the whole city. Layers for different purposes.
We’re talking technology that enhances our lives and brings us closer together for mutual support.
What can the city do to make this a reality?
Oversee the development of apps that work and are easy to use that enable us to connect to our neighbors and to all across the city for the benefit of each of us and our shared communal life.