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Think about the moment you come home from work.
The easiest thing to do is to sit down and watch TV or browse the internet. It would be much harder to actually engage in your local community, by volunteering, working on a project, or doing something local and fun.
With Groundcrew, we're going to change that. We're working to make community engagement as easy, and as straightforward, as watching TV. This means new tools for organizers, and new tools for citizens to help them get involved. With these tools, getting involved locally is as simple as sending a text message or pressing a button on your phone.
Here's how it works. Using our web interface, worthy projects, organizations, and businesses can build "squads" of real-world helpers/participants. Organizers can view data from their squad in real-time, using text messaging and GPS; they can see who's available at any moment; and they can give assignments—either mass assignments or systems of individual assignments—to help people work together.
Once a pool of organizers exists within a community, it becomes much easier to get involved. Rather than turning on the TV or browsing the internet, you can announce that you're available by using an application on your phone or sending a text message. In short order, you'll be doing something that takes your schedule and your interests into account, and that is guaranteed to be local, social, valuable, and fun.
Isolation and social disconnection will be less prevalent. It will also be easier to make almost anything happen. When anyone has an idea worth organizing, it gets sent to the pool of organizers and—provided there are squad members available with the appropriate interests and skills—the idea can be realized immediately. Organizers can also respond to individual or group needs or to live reports. Ultimately, this is a new paradigm for organizing life in our cities, both economically and personally, using mobile technology.