We had another great turnout for our National Night Out in historic downtown Chaska this year. It was our third annual event for the neighbors in West Downtown Chaska, and it’s been fun to see it grow year over year.
The Chaska Herald came out to snap some shots and WCCO-TV sent a camera guy to get some footage for their Good Question segment about if we really know our neighbors.
Per the topic, our neighborhood uses a combination of offline and online techniques to connect. Although our email list is getting to a substantial size and it’s been fun to watch the Facebook Group for the neighborhood grow, we still take time to chat to one another on front porches, festivals or at the park. We share tools, produce from the garden and schedule play dates for the kids.
Arguably, the people you live near have a more direct impact on your day-to-day life than national and global news. Knowing your neighbors is just the first step of contributing and living in a community. And National Night Out is a fantastic catalyst for creating those connections.
From The Atlantic:
“To elide that one of the reasons we spend so many hours in front of our screens is that we have to misses the key point about our relationship with modern technology,” he writes. “This is a problem with the way we approach labor, not our devices,” he writes. In other words: This is about humans, not technology.
But, making technology the source of all evil makes dealing with our problems easier. The solution to gadget addiction: Meditation.