On April 27, neighbors host parties around the world to meet and connect with their community
LOS ANGELES (April 10, 2013) – GOOD, the community of people who give a damn, will celebrate Neighborday on Saturday, April 27, hosting over 1,000 neighborhood events around the world. The holiday encourages members of the community to connect with neighbors and celebrate the spirit of interdependence. Neighborday celebrations big and small will be held around the globe – from Austria to Australia, Bogota to Boston – and everyone can participate in their own way: gather the neighborhood at a backyard barbeque, host a potluck picnic, or get together at the local coffee shop.
In a world where we are increasingly connected online, few of us know our real world neighbors. And because of that, our offline communities lack the connectivity that supports the team play that society depends on. In fact, a recent Pew survey found that roughly 60 percent of Americans don’t know all of their neighbors. According to Nextdoor, a neighborhood community social network, just 16 percent of us trust all of our neighbors and a quarter of us barely speak to our neighbors.
“We’re losing out on meaningful connections and resources – collaborators, friends, emergency contacts,” says Ben Goldhirsch, CEO of GOOD. “The objective of Neighborday is to encourage people to get out and engage their physical communities – and if they make a new friend, score a new dog sitter, or learn about a block beautification project, then that’s just a bonus – at a base level, it’s about being grounded where we actually are.”
The GOOD community connects online at www.good.is to better work together to address problems of every scale – and many solutions start at home in our local communities and expand outward, block by block. GOOD is excited to partner with other organizations who share their objectives, including 826 National, Nextdoor, Whole Planet Foundation, Tasting Table and others committed to celebrating the spirit of neighboring.
“We’re excited to celebrate Neighborday here in Venice, California,” said Blake Mycoskie, CEO of TOMS. “While our work takes place around the globe, we are grounded at our headquarters where this business was born. It's here that we come to work trying to figure out how to add more value each day, and our immediate community is a big part of that."
For more information on Neighborday and neighboring, visit http://www.good.is/neighboring.
GOOD is a global community of people who give a damn, and good.is is a social network where community members can connect with ideas and tools for progress. GOOD Local brings the collaboration and efforts of the community to life in person at a local level, and GOOD Magazine is a quarterly publication that reflects the activity and impact the community creates. GOOD/Corps partners with member companies and organizations to align their social impact efforts with organizational success. To learn more, visit www.good.is. To subscribe to the magazine, visit subscriptions.good.is.