This afternoon Albert the cat appeared back at our door. We’re very happy to have him home and we’re very appreciative of all of the people who provided tips and support–we’re very fortunate to live in such a neighborhood. Moreover, we feel very fortunate to have Front Porch Forum as a resource to turn to in these kinds of situations. I had put up several signs around the neighborhood, but the net result of that seemed to be zero–FPF is where it is at for getting out this kind of news. Be sure to support FPF during their next fund drive! [Which is now!]
Good news from Burlington’s Old North End today! Welcome home Albert the Wanderer.
“I see FPF as a place where every day we demonstrate our commonalities & our willingness to get along together & even help each other – regardless of what sort sort of shitheads we might be underneath it all.”
Several sponsors have stepped forward to bring Front Porch Forum to their Vermont communities. These include a local chamber of commerce, a town, a college, a telecom, a family foundation, and a consortium of agencies and nonprofits.
Arthur Goyette knows the value of good neighbors. While his wife Betty was battling cancer, they brought countless meals to the Goyette home. When the neighbors learned that Betty had always wanted to ride in a convertible, they surprised the family with a loaned Chrysler Sebring. The couple drove down the block with the top down, surrounded by people waving and taking pictures.
Arthur marvels that he might never have met these people f it weren’t for the Front Porch Forum, an online network of neighbors.
The forum is a great example of how digital media and technology are changing how we connect to information and each other. The way we engage in public dialogue, coordinate, solve problems—all of it is shifting.
Networks themselves are as old as humanity, used by activists from Mahatma Ghandi to the Tea Party to impact society. Today, though, technology is enabling networks to emerge in new ways.
So Knight Foundation and Monitor Institute set out to look at the impact on communities, and ask, what do these emerging networks mean for community change? And, how can funders leverage them for good?
Another local success story brewing in #Bristol, #VT, where Front Porch Forum opened shop several months ago. Justin Bouvier posted a compelling item two days ago on FPF that opened with…
As many of you know, I travel to Middlebury frequently to partake in the theatrical scene there, as Bristol’s is less then thriving. Over the past 5 years or so, there are an increasing number of 5-Town residents that are traveling with me, and it got me thinking, that perhaps Bristol needs a theater company…
He went on to ask for 24 founding members, plus donors at $500 a pop. Today he posted again…
I wanted to take an opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the 11 incredible individuals that have pledged money for a new theater company, here in Bristol. It is individuals like these that are helping to make a dream come true, not just for me, but for our entire community. In the 2 days since my last post, I have received 48 emails from members of our community, stating congratulations, begging to help, volunteering time and energy, etc… and again, I cannot thank you enough. I guess it was one of those, “Right place, right time” kind of ideas… I am working feverishly on setting up bank accounts, establishing a non-profit status, etc…
A great response to a compelling ask. Justin was able to reach about 40% of his neighbors in this small Vermont town via FPF. Congratulations Justin on a fantastic start. People do wonderful things for their community when the tools are within easy reach.
A special thanks to e-Vermont for bringing FPF to Bristol! Other Vermont towns interested in launching Front Porch Forum should contact us.