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In order for people to change their behavior, it has to be simple. I think that amongst my friends that recycle, people living in areas where they can put all recycling in one bin and all trash in another are the most likely participate. Communities

In order for people to change their behavior, it has to be simple. I think that amongst my friends that recycle, people living in areas where they can put all recycling in one bin and all trash in another are the most likely participate. Communities

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Encourage community building by connecting through a free online community forum of people in the same neighborhood, block, or building.  Share concerns, excitement, houseplants, find lost pets, start up groups, everything!

Encourage community building by connecting through a free online community forum of people in the same neighborhood, block, or building. Share concerns, excitement, houseplants, find lost pets, start up groups, everything!

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Nicole commented on Free Micro-community Social Forum

Yes, one of the things I think is unique and wonderful about FPF is that it gets delivered to your inbox every week, as opposed to a forum like craigslist where you're already looking for something specific and would miss cool and unexpected things that might just catch your eye.

I'm not sure how many folks are currently on FPF but it has definitely caught on like wildfire in town centers and urban areas here in Vermont. From their website "more than half of Burlington households subscribe to FPF now..." and their list of service towns is too many to count easily (some of which are broken up into neighborhoods), just since 2006.

I'm trying to remember how I first heard about it, and it must be word of mouth. I do think that printing the weekly issue and sharing the kinds of ideas on it would help garner support. Maybe even flyers to get it started. If one or two large institutions (maybe town governments or large employers) committed to posting information or opportunities of value and advertised it as the format it might catch on quickly.