A bridge is infrastructure designed to connect people to each other for social and economic growth. Digital bridges can do the same for a fraction of the cost.
Across the United States, a quiet revolution is connecting some local people to one another online. Let’s make it most people. Americans are using technology to:
• Create electronic block clubs to deter crime and keep their children safer.
• Establish online neighborhood and community forums, blogs, and social networks that promote community problem-solving, support for local small business and are beginning to be used for mutual benefit and support during these difficult economic times.
• Promote reuse of goods and materials through open exchange primarily at a regional level.
• Promote awareness of volunteer opportunities in local community and non-profit groups.
• Connect the public to local government services through e-mail newsletters, customized alert services, and other online systems.