Michael Wood-Lewis

by Michael Wood-Lewis

Congratulations to Conor White-Sullivan and the team at Localocracy, which became a recent acquisition of the Huffington Post, as reported by Kara Swisher on WSJ’s AllThingsD. Arianna Huffington said, “[Conor and team are] pioneers in using the web to empower citizens to improve their towns, and their unique vision and talents will enable us to […] more »

by Michael Wood-Lewis

Can social-networking sites be used by neighbors to help each other during disasters, as well as with more pedestrian issues the rest of the time? NPR recently covered political scientist Daniel Aldrich’s work looking at how neighbors help each other during disasters. From NPR: Aldrich’s findings show that ambulances and firetrucks and government aid are […] more »

by Michael Wood-Lewis

An awful situation for any parent … my wife suddenly needed to drive four hours to Boston Children’s Hospital to shepherd our son through a medical emergency. He was already in Boston, but Valerie couldn’t get out of the driveway. A freak blizzard had drifted four feet of snow across it. If she didn’t get […] more »

by Michael Wood-Lewis

“When I was first on my own I used to bemoan that my fellow renters could hardly be bothered to return a wave but someone kept stealing my newspaper…,” wrote author Laura Grace Weldon in a recent blog post, What Makes A Street Into A Neighborhood?. “Then we moved to a little house. It was […] more »

by Michael Wood-Lewis

Mention the Internet, and most people think of the World Wide Web, of reaching out across the globe for news, long-lost friends, or low-price bargains. But in dozens of Vermont towns, residents are using the web to connect with their back-fence neighbors. In an era where national and global information is broadly available online, it […] more »