Crises are not always bad. One way to define the term "crisis" is "a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, esp. for better or for worse, is determined; turning point" (http://bit.ly/bd8PcP).
My goal in the next year is to help my hometown of Buffalo, NY reach a turning point in addressing some longstanding problems.
I plan to do this by building a team that will design a unique website that will provide a collaborative experience like no other. This website, ReBuffalo.org (http://bit.ly/dlqnlt
), will allow people to work toghether and organize online around shared interests. It will allow individuals and organizations with different strengths and abilities to join forces, thereby creating a wh*** that is greater than its parts. By joining together rather than duplicating each other's efforts more problems will be solved and more projects will be completed.
I firmly believe that one should never let a good crisis go to waste. When a potential turning point presents itself individuals, organizations, and communities must see it as an opportunity for positive change. Online collaboration is still in its infancy, but it has the potential to change the way communities make decisions and solve problems. I see online collaboration as an amazing opportunity to change my community for the better, and I don't plan to waste it.