All posts tagged: neighborhood

Redefining the Neighborhood

  Our founder and CEO, Leah Busque wowed and inspired the crowd at the TEDxSOMA conference a couple of weeks ago with her thoughts on how TaskRabbit is re-defining the neighborhood. (To view Leah’s full presentation, please click below.) Coincidently, I wrote last week about how we at TaskRabbit are bringing back the neighborhood by connecting folks in a community to share their time and skills. In her TED presentation, Leah goes one step further. She describes how TaskRabbit is not only resurrecting the neighborhood but also re-defining what it means to be part of a neighborhood.   As Leah mentions in the video, people have formed communities and neighborhoods since the beginning of time. We are intrinsically collaborative and social beings; at our core, we just want to belong. Typically, neighborhood formation has relied on physical space and proximity. However, this model is changing.  Neighborhoods can now be formed around specific interests, your dynamic location, or perhaps even the time of day. For example, there are online forums on almost any topic – forming a …

Bringing Back the Neighborhood

  I grew up in a very tight-knit neighborhood- the kind of neighborhood where you could go next store for just about anything – a cup of milk, a little sugar. I remember my parents sitting on the front porch as me and my siblings played outside with the other kids on our block. There was Walter, the teenage kid down the street, who would help wash our cars and mow our lawn and Meg, the “neighborhood babysitter,” who my mom would call to watch us kids for an hour while she ran to the supermarket. Whatever we needed, the folks next door were there to lend a hand. Those were the days!     But unfortunately, times have changed. I now live in a neighborhood where I only know a handful of folks. How did we get so distant from those who live closest to us? Maybe we got a little skeptical and weary of others in our community as a result of the highly publicized violence in our communities, or maybe the stresses …