ReCitizen fosters economic growth of the people, by the people, and for the people (and wildlife). (apologies to Abraham Lincoln) ReCitizen isn't just about providing tools for quicker, easier, better community revitalization. Nor is it just about launching green, social, and restorative enterprises. ReCitizen is about enabling possibilities. It's about making our lives and our communities as close to ideal as possible. It's about building on community strengths. It's about turning social problems and blighted properties into restorable assets ...the ingredients of revitalization.
The Challenge and Solution for All of Us: Most folks believe our public and private institutions have failed us, and are getting worse every year. * Public institutions—funded to solve local, national, and global problems—are seen as change-resistant, narrowly-focused, risk-averse, and putting self-preservation over innovation. * Corporations are required by law to maximize returns to investors ...often damaging society and the environment as a result. Even enlightened business leaders are constrained by this rule. * News media thrive on political advertising, and are seen as fomenting social division to boost revenue ($10 billion of U.S. political ads in 2012 alone; $18 per adult in 2000 vs. $42 in 2012). * Politicians—even good ones—are usually portrayed as inept, divisive, or corrupt. The system forces them spend more time (about 80% on average) raising funds for reelection than governing. * Most innovation and productive action happens at the local level, yet power and funding is concentrated at higher levels of government. * Creating a world of restored natural resources, regenerative businesses, and revitalized communities requires a way to bypass those real and perceived obstacles, not fight them, or wait for them to change. Our Revitalization Tools are designed to help you do exactly that. As a recitizen, you can use these tools—via your computer or smart phone—to quickly and easily suggest neighborhood renewal projects or enterprises, obtain community feedback on them, get them funded, and launch them with significant local support. Please join us now.
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