Michael Wood-Lewis launched Front Porch Foum in 2000 as a way to connect with the folks in the area around him. He has since expanded to 38 towns, mostly in the last four years. With the Knight grant, he expects to expand across the state, into 250 towns.“People who live near each other, if they connect, good things happen,” Wood-Lewis told me. Front Porch Forum makes face-to-face interactions easier, he says, and pushes people to buy into their local communities. “We’re talking about the people you’d borrow the proverbial cup of sugar from.”The results have been positive, he said. Community members who have signed on become more active: they attend local meetings, they’re more likely to talk with neighbors, and they’re more engaged, active locals overall.
Frente a tanto agorero anunciando la muerte de los diarios es refrescante ver la vitalidad de proyectos que, como este, aprovechan Internet para fortalecer los lazos comunitarios. Acá nomás, en El Sol de San Telmo, tenemos un gran ejemplo local. Y ahora que la obra del CMD está a punto de terminar pienso que sería genial poder constituir al edificio en un espacio real y virtual que dinamice a toda la comunidad incluyendo, por qué no, un periódico barrial 2.0.