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What does it mean to be a Social Innovator? When I think about it, I feel like a Social Innovator is someone who can think outside of the box. A person who sees what others see, and holds the capacity to appreciate rather than take for granted.

On that note, I live in New York City. Something that this city has a lot of is concrete, specifically paved roads, needless to say its easy to take them for granted. In the case of Exhibit A, the one thing that stuck out to me was the well paved road the people were traveling on. Most may see it and say 'So?' but to think how difficult it would be for them to get to their destination if it was nothing more than a dirt path? Taking from the picture the amount of green, there must be a decent amount of rainfall in the area to support all of that greenery. Now imagine how much of a nightmare it would be to have to travel on a muddy, possibly h***-pocked dirt road while hauling all of that cargo and all of those people? Not so fun.

One of the reasons why the Roman Empire was so successful was their habit of building paved roads. These decreased the travel time between cities and areas while increasing the flow of goods, trade, and people. In my eyes, well-maintained roads provide a critical base for the development of the infrastructure needed to help solve bigger problems, if and when they arise.

Peace.

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Comment by Mita Williams on March 4, 2010 at 2:38pm
Well said. When paved roads are well-established they somehow become invisible and taken for granted. I like to drive on older highways that have been supplanted by newer ones because they end up being frozen in time as newer businesses follow the flow of people... +1 for the local insight!

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