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GRDadof3    1833

With all of the passion we've seen on this forum lately, which is great, I thought it might be a good time to provide some outlets for positive change. The logical progression of any successful group should be: BRAINSTORM>DELIBERATE>DEBATE>DECIDE>ACT

So here's a start:

http://www.gvmc.org/administration/AgenciesCommittees.shtml

http://www.localfirst.com/

http://www.graceoffice.org/rji/index.php

http://www.diversitygrandrapids.org/institute.asp

http://www.grandrapids.org/community_progr...ty_programs.htm

http://www.ja.org/programs/programs.shtml

http://www.econclubgr.com/

http://www.grfoundation.org/programs2.shtml

http://www.habitatkent.org/news_14.htm

http://www.mbei.org/ (I believe is open to all individuals, check with Metrogrkid)

The GR Planning Commission also meets every other Thursday, if you are interested in what is going on. It is open to the public on Monroe Avenue.

http://www.ci.grand-rapids.mi.us/index.pl?page_id=2663

I know these are just a few (I am hoping others will add more). I am active with the local HBA and have worked on numerous projects that involved fixing up porches, building handicap ramps, etc. for Southeast side residents. My wife was involved with the Strive Program through JA, which mentors troubled high-school kids, which she said was very rewarding. Check out some of these.

Have a great day B)

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Freddy C    0

There are two types of actions that people can take. They are micro actions and macro actions. Micro actions are individual, one-to-one making of difference in another person

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Freddy C    0

Or you could run for Office

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Personally, I think part of the sytemic problems are the current two party construct. I think in coming years, the traditional platforms of the current two parties will less and less be effective in dealing with social and economic problems. They may disagree on certain issues, but they agree on far to many others and many of the problems may be rooted in that which they are in agreement and taking the wrong approach to solving.

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joeDowntown    664

I think Local First is a great initiative that everyone should practice. They say that .70 of every dollar spent at a locally owned company is returned to the local economy (while only .30 on the dollar for non-local/corporate). Local companies are also usually the first risk-takers to move into an up and coming area, or a long neglected area (like Monroe Center).

Of course it is impossible to do it all the time, but I try to whenever I can. (and I buy my daily Starbucks at D&W, so that counts in my mind! ;) )

Joe

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GR_Urbanist    419

I think Local First is a great initiative that everyone should practice. They say that .70 of every dollar spent at a locally owned company is returned to the local economy (while only .30 on the dollar for non-local/corporate). Local companies are also usually the first risk-takers to move into an up and coming area, or a long neglected area (like Monroe Center).

Of course it is impossible to do it all the time, but I try to whenever I can. (and I buy my daily Starbucks at D&W, so that counts in my mind! ;) )

Joe

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