Thursday, January 1, 2009

From "my"space to "our"space

In an age of social media, Web connections, and viral technology, people are increasingly using tools to stay connected with peers and partners, news and current events, trends and issues. As these “tech tools” become increasingly popular, we could easily replace important real world interaction with email, text messages, and social networking message systems. Instead of replacing relationships, we can find ways of using online tools as a way of facilitating and nurturing offline connections.

In addition to using the Web to connect with others, people are also finding ways of engaging the community. What does the pulse and personality of a city look like? How connected are the residents of a city? Do we celebrate the life of our city? Do we participate in the life of our city? How do we measure the life of our city? How do we map the relational infrastructure of our city?

Catalyst Community fills the gap. It’s where we connect, give back, promote events, and mobilize on common ground. It’s a place where we all hold a stake; a community that we all help shape. This is where we catalyze the shift from “my”space to “our”space.

Catalyst Community is a registered 501c3 non-profit grassroots organization with a vision to see every area and region inspired with a greater sense of community, collaboration and citizenship through meaningful relationships. Our mission is to empower both individuals and organizations with tools that enable them to accomplish their own passions for the broader community. We are a community of catalysts.

Our campaign is to “Connect and Affect” – to catalyze collaborative communities to build relationships, establish partnerships, encourage contribution, and inspire growth.

Often times, organizations will host an event that brings people together but few stay meaningfully connected after the event. We believe that effective and long lasting partnership can’t occur without trust; we can’t have trust without relationships.

So that’s where we start.

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