Creating community with hybrid online-real world activities

As we learn to live in the new coronavirus world, I’m trying to keep an eye out for little and big ways that online strategies can help make things better or at least easier. For example, Dangerous Man is a brewery in Minneapolis that hosts various volunteer events. Usually they have been activities that would make good opportunities to meet people – in the era of social distancing, they have had to reinvent – like turning an Earth Day Clean up event into an online contest…

Due to the Shelter in Place order and to ensure everyone’s safety following the guidelines of social distancing we have canceled our previously scheduled Earth Day Event on April 25th and have re-formatted it.  We are dedicated to getting out and picking up the neighborhoods we live in. So we will be hosting an independent Earth Day clean up for each individual volunteer to participate in. From Weds. April 22nd – Sunday, April 26th, we encourage everyone to get outside with a bucket and pick up trash. You can pick up one bucket you can go every day and pick up multiple, you decide how many. We will be having a contest for the volunteer that logs the most buckets of trash and sending them a care package. How do you log your buckets of trash? Fill out this Survey and I will make some impressive charts with the data. You can also snap a pic and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We are hoping to cover all the neighborhoods in Minneapolis. So stay 6 feet apart from people, wear gloves, and get dirty!

Please use this link to fill out the Earth Day Sign Up so we can track what neighborhoods the Dangerous Man Volunteers are cleaning up and we will also be sending you a volunteer pint token for when we can all drink in the taproom again.  Earth Day Sign Up 

It seems like something you could replicate in another community – or maybe get a team going in your hometown to beat the Minneapolitans. I think it’s worth nothing that while losing the in-person is a detriment but it does open the door to removing a barrier or time and location. People can participate from a distance and on their own time (within limitations). Something worth considering as we all move events online.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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