52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 35

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 35

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Acknowledge an issue your community struggles with, and then ask, “What gifts do I have that could address this?”.

Let’s face it: It’s easy to complain about the issues our community struggles with. It’s easy to complain and complain and complain...and then complain again when nothing changes. But when all we do is complain, it’s no wonder that nothing changes! How easy it is to forget that the best place to start is, well...ourselves! At the Neighboring Movement,…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 33

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 33

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Mow a neighbor’s yard or ask a neighbor to mow yours AND learn something new about them.

Happy fall, all!

Now that temperatures are starting to cool, grasses are growing a little faster again. So, for this week’s tip, we challenge you to either mow a neighbor’s yard or ask a neighbor to mow yours AND learn something new about them.

With this week’s tip,…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 32

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 32

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Introduce yourself to someone on your block you have not met.

If you have been a part of 52 Weeks of Neighboring for a while, there is a good chance you have met some of your neighbors. You might have even met them all! That being said, we know doing so can be hard, so are there neighbors you have not yet met? This week, we challenge you to look around for someone on your block you have not met and introduce yourself to them. If you have been experimenting with our neighboring tips,…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 31

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 31

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Meet your trash collector and offer them a cup of coffee.

Over the past week, we have been thinking about underappreciated professions in our neighborhoods, and we think trash collecting resides right at the top of the list. Seemingly, the job has become something that is taken for granted by many folks. Take a moment to imagine what our cities would look like without this profession. Not so appealing, right? The reality is: we, as a community, need trash collectors!

This week,…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 30

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 30

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Read a book or play an instrument in your front yard in order to make yourself both visible and available to your neighbors.

Fall is in the air! Though, that being said, it still feels like summer here in Wichita; we are in the midst of a very hot week. In light of an approaching fall, we present this week’s tip, a fantastic way to both enjoy the beautiful weather and be present with your neighbors at the same time!…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 28

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 28

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Attend a meeting for one of your community organizations, and meet someone new.

Community organizations are groups such as your Homeowners’ Association, Neighborhood Association, City Council, District Advisory Board, Parent Teacher Association, etc., and we encourage you to attend a meeting with one of such groups. Your participation in these organizations can help to make your community stronger in a few different ways:…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 27

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 27

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Barbeque in the front yard instead of the back yard.

This week’s neighboring experiment is an easy one. There’s nothing to add to your schedule or anything to plan. This week, all you have to do is move your grill.

Quiz time – What is the leading feature of most homes built since the 1990’s? Any guesses?...

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 25

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 25

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Cook a recipe for which you are missing an ingredient and ask a neighbor for the missing item.

For those of you that struggle with the awkwardness and fear that can accompany neighboring, this week’s tip is for you. For you chatty Kathy’s out there, this week’s tip is for you. For everybody else...this week’s tip is for you, too!

Our neighboring experiment this week is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons:…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 24

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 24

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Utilize a public space in your neighborhood.

Happy Sunday, all! We hope this tip finds you well on this beautiful day.

When we talk about neighboring, we often talk about the importance of visibility. We have noticed that simply being out and about and in spaces where we can be seen by our neighbors has had an incredible impact on our neighboring. For this reason, this week’s tip is: Utilize a public space in your neighborhood. These public spaces can look like parks, splash pads, public libraries, bike trails, etc….

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 17

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 17

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Reacquaint yourself with an old acquaintance. 

In the original posting of this blog, we accidentally "corrected" the spelling of neighbour to neighbor. Our apologies to our guest blogger. We have since corrected our error to the more correct spelling. ;-)

Is there a neighbor you have talked to in the past, but eventually lost touch with? This week,…

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52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 16

52 Weeks of Neighboring - Week 16

Neighboring Tip of the Week - Take a walk in your neighborhood and collect trash.

Welcome to a new day, and welcome to June!

This week’s neighboring tip comes to us from Neighboring Movement co-founder Matt Johnson, but he borrowed the tip from his mom, Glenna, so we give her the credit (for a great idea and for a clean neighborhood). 

Glenna began taking walks around her neighborhood a few years ago, and upon doing this,…

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