Peter Davis, Harvard University senior, got motivated to launchOurCommonPlace in 2009 after taking Bob Putnam’s course on social capital. He co-launched OurCommonPlace with Max Novendstern confident that the internet could be utilized to build up American civic life.
CommonPlace is a web-based platform that greatly facilitates local community engagement. It makes it far easier for you to connect with and share information with neighbors and local leaders.
Residents can find out what’s happening locally or post about local happenings, needs (a good roof repair company, or interest in starting a Boomer ultimate frisbee league, for instance). They can:
Ask to borrow a ladder or power drill
Publicize a tag sale or block party
Find out how they can take cooking classes
Ask who has a used loft bed they can have or buy
Find people and organizations with shared interests or hobbies around them
Ask how to fix a pot hole
Find out where their lost cat wandered off to
Organize a service project