Imagine, close your eyes and think of your community, your neighborhood. What does it look like. Imagine walking the streets, looking at the broken playground at the elementary school down the block, the vacant lots riddled with weeds, the elderly woman in the blue house that hasn’t been painted in years. Imagine inside the local middle school where you know there are children that have fallen behind, but could catch up with just a little extra help – but won’t get it and in turn will drop out … forever handicapping their future.
Everywhere, when you really think about it, you realize help is needed … everywhere. And everywhere there are opportunities to help, to make your community better. In most cases, only those that live in the community, in the neighborhoods – are the ones that can help. Government isn’t doing it. Public policy of austerity and the ‘survival of the fittest’ looms on the horizon. Resources available five years ago have or are in danger of being severely cut. Schools are now more concerned about budgets than they are about children. Local beautification efforts have become nonexistent. Food banks are full of patrons, but food on the shelves … not so much.
Community 3.0 is here to create communities of permission.
Community 3.0 is a network of community members and merchants, people like like you who want to change the status quo. These are people who want take back control of their towns and neighborhoods by doing the things that need to be done. No longer can we assume the government and other institutions will automatically be there. And even if they are – will they act in our best interests? It’s up to us to look out for ourselves, for our friends and for our neighbors. It’s up to us to take responsibility and maximize the resources we have. And our most effective resource is ourselves – our expertise, our talent … and our caring.
Empowering ‘Main Street’ and Local Business
Community 3.0 connects businesses to its customers to solve its communities problems directly. We’re using our local businesses to bring back the concept of the ‘Front Porch’ civic gathering concept. The ‘Front Porch’ allows us to reclaim the priorities of our neighborhoods and our communities. It allows us to organize and take action directly, not wait on the sidelines while traditional institutions may or may not act.
By signing up with Community 3.0 businesses will have access to the bleedingEDGE Loyalty Engagement Platform, featuring programs that reward customers for their patronization – through a dedicated point system and event-driven communication. The more they spend, the more points they earn, the more that can be used like money. Customers will also be kept abreast of special deals, special events and whatever else might benefit them.
Revitalizing Your Community and Solving It’s Problems Yourself
But that’s only half of it. Each business involved with Community 3.0 will sponsor “solution” projects designed to help their community pick up the slack. These can range from organizing a clean-up effort, to fixing a playground, to even spearheading a high school mentoring or apprentice program. And by being a Member you can get involved with whatever “solution” fits your strengths and fits your desires. In this time when there seems to be more problems than solutions, maybe we can even the score … or at least make a dent. Whether it be finding a way to enable your small business to compete with big box national chains, or make sure that your child’s education is as good as your was, or even keeping the neighborhood park from getting overrun by weeds … maybe there’s a solution. And maybe, just maybe, Community 3.0 is that solution. But central to any solution – with or without Community 3.0, is you, your neighbors and your friends. Because ultimately, this is where the answers reside. They don’t lie in Washington D.C., or in your state capitol, or especially on Wall Street. The power lies with you. My goal is to connect and empower those who often feel left out and not acknowledged.
It’s with us the outliers; the dream of true change and societal evolution will become reality.