Thinking Small

I work for a civic technology startup in San Francisco, but I’m a small-town native who works daily with small to mid-sized communities. As such, when I read or hear about the latest “answer” to civic problems, created by a team of geniuses and piloted in one of the largest cities in the country, I’m a little wary.

While shining examples of city use of technology like San Francisco and New York City are well worth profiling and learning from, if their solutions don’t fit a town of 9,000 the problem has not yet been truly solved. Small communities need solutions too.

Presenting: Things I have overheard in Big Cities

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New Feature: Community Featured Image

This past week, we released another new feature for the community organizers using our Recovers.org online toolkit: Community Featured Image.

Where is it?

You can think of this image as the “profile picture” of your community. It appears in two places:

  1. On the upper left corner of your community’s homepage at [yourtown].recovers.org
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  2. On the Recovers Communities page at recovers.org/communities
    Feature Image 2

How Can I Change It?

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What not to do during a Red Flag Warning.

“Red Flag Warnings” are issued when there is a high risk of wildfire in the region. Here are some simple preventive steps you can take.

1. Clear dry and/or flammable materials away from your house.

Do a quick walk around your house, and keep an eye out for brush, dry leaves, or dead branches and make sure to move them away from your house. If you’re feeling friendly, do it for your neighbor’s house, too! Continue reading