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My experience has shown me that our communities are strongest and we are happiest when we are connected, can communicate, and in service to each other.

Here on JosephPorcelli.com I share stories and insights about inspiring and empowering neighbors and the organizations to work together to increase connection, safety, and resilience in neighborhoods.

For work, I am a Senior City Strategist at NextDoor.com. In my free time, I voluntarily lead outreach and organizing for Snowcrew.org.

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11 inspiring and powerful quotes about and for Newark NJ by @drbillhoward

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Rev. Dr. William Howard Jr. gave a motivation speech yesterday to rally the troops at the LISC Newark NJ “Growing Leadership, Building Community Resident Leadership Development Training” at Rutgers University in Newark NJ. Below are 11 inspiring and powerful quotes he shared about and for the people of Newark that really resonate with me: We [...] [...]

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The 4 Foundational Principles of Empowering Your Neighbors

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Today, I served on a panel representing Nextdoor at the LISC Newark NJ “Growing Leadership, Building Community Resident Leadership Development Training” at Rutgers University in Newark NJ. As I was preparing for the panel yesterday evening, I wanted offer the neighborhood leaders who would be attending, some principles to aid the important work they have [...] [...]

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ABOUT

PERSONAL STATEMENT:

I am passionate about, understand how to, and have a demonstrated track record of motivating and empowering citizens and the organizations that serve them that may have different priorities to collaborate productively on and off-line. The results produced by their collaborations are increased public safety, emergency preparedness, resilience, quality of life, sustainability, economic opportunity, and revenue.

My work has been featured by media organizations such as The Boston Globe, Businessweek, Good Magazine, CBS, ABC, NBC, The Hallmark Channel, and National Public Radio.

I have been a speaker/panelist at gatherings such as the Ford Hall Forum, Enterprise 2.0 Conference, The Knight Foundation Engagement Summit, and IACP Annual Conference.

My focus is on neighborhoods and I specialize in Community Engagement, Online Community Building, Community Management, Digital Strategy, Digital Communications, Strategic Partnerships, Team Building, Leadership, Operations, and Management.

I believe the well-being of society depends on the diversity and the strength of bonds we have with people closest to us. My experience has shown me that our neighborhoods are strongest and we are happiest when we are connected, in communication, and of service to each other.

SUMMARY: 

Professionally, I serve as a Senior City Strategist for NextDoor.com where I work with hundreds of public agencies to roll out Nextdoor to their residents.

In my free time as a volunteer, I lead outreach and organizing for Snowcrew.org a web app that connects people who need help shoveling with nearby neighbors “Yetis/Volunteers” who can and want to help dig out their neighbors after snowstorms.

From 2011 to April 2014,  I led GovDelivery’s Engagement Services practice that I stood up with Scott Burns the CEO of GovDelivery’s and Steve Ressler the President of GovLoop in 2011. GovDelivery helps government organizations reach more people and get those people to take action.

In 2010, I served at the pleasure of Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first Community Engagement Strategist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In 2009, I spent the year evangelized NeighborsforNeighbors.org, the first of its kind neighborhood social network (powered by Ning) I developed to support the organizing initiatives I lead with neighbors under the umbrella of the not-for-profit organization Neighbors For Neighbors, Inc.of I  founded in 2004.

In 2008, I directed Online Operations and Partnerships for the ServiceNation legislative campaign that tripled funding for Americorps with the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

From 2006 to 2008 I worked as a Program Coordinator for the Boston Police Department, I created new-programmatic organizing models that resulted in double-digit decreases in crime while simultaneously doubling program participation.

From 2002 to 2006  I’ve worked as a Senior Associate for a Marketing Automation consulting firm where I provided consulting and training services, and increased new and referral business four-fold.

From 1999 to 2002 I had my own consulting company (and was a waiter at night). The project I am most proud from this time was reducing the time it took for GreatNorthernBarns.com to market its barns from 3 months to 3 days.

VOLUNTEER:.

In addition In the past, I have served as a:

  • Boston World Partnership Connector
  • Guide on Creators.Ning.com
  • Founding member of Ning Network Creators Council
  • Boston OneIn3 Council Mentor

PROJECTS:

  • 2008: Founder and organizer of The Nametag Project which in 2007 resulted in 19,000 people wearing a nametag for a day to promote neighborliness.
  • 2009: Co-founder and organizer of The Mug Project (winner of Mayor Menino’s 2009 Green Residential Waste Reduction Champion Award.

EDUCATION:

  • 2010: Boston University School of Management, Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • 1998: Saint Michael’s College,  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • 1994: Kimbal Union Academy

AWARDS:

  • 2010: – Community Service Award, Boston Police Commissioners Edward. M. Davis
  • 2009 – Green Residential Waste Reduction Champion Award (MugProject.com), Mayor Thomas M. Menino
  • 2007 – Certificate of Appreciation, Boston Police Commissioners Edward. M. Davis
  • 2007 – Anchor Award, Friends of the Charlestown MA, Navy Yard

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CBSEveningNews  Here and Now boston-globe-logo  WBURHalmark  VPR      WGBHBloomberge NeighborWorks
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Major articles prior to 2007 (Others available by searching Google):

SPEAKING

  • 11/2014 – LISC Newark NJ “Growing Leadership, Building Community Resident Leadership Development Training” at Rutgers University in Newark NJ
  • 9/2013 – #GLtrain, Agency of the Future; Presenter, “Agency of the Future: Analytics,” Washington DC,
  • 9/2013 – #SMSsummit, Social Media Strategies Summit Boston; Presenter, Boston, MA
  • 6/2012 – #WP2013, Experience WordPress in Government, Presenter, “Measuring and Expanding the Value of Community,” Washington, DC
  • 6/2013 – #OSSv3, Open Source Summit v3.0: Communities, Presenter, “How to grow users into active community members and get your community more engaged, Washington, DC
  • 6/2012 – #GD2012 – GovDelivery, Public Sector Communication Best Practices; Presenter, Washington, DC
  • 6/2012 – #tech4engagement, Knight Foundation Engagement Summit; Participant, Cambridge, MA
  • 2/2012 – #SMGOV, Advanced Learning Institute, Social Media for Government Communications Conference; Presenter and Facilitator, Pentagon City, VA
  • 10/2012 – #GD2011, GovDelivery, Federal User Conference; Presenter, Washington DC
  • 7/2011 – #NG2011,  GovLoop.com, Next Generation of Government Conference; Presenter, Washington, DC
  • 6/2011 – #NXNEi11, Panelist, Friend or Frienemy of Government Engagement. Toronto, CA
  • 4/2011 – #TXEM11, Texas Emergency Management Conference, Social Media; Panelist, San Antonio, TX
  • 3/2011 – #NC3C, Presenter, Emerging Technologies, Fayetteville, NC
  • 11/2010 – Enterprise 2.0 Conference, 100 Ways to Engage: Confessions of Community Organizers, Panelist, Santa Clara, CA. (blog)
  • 11/2010 – GovLoop.com, Boston GovUp, Featured Speaker, Boston, MA.
  • 5/2010 – Ford Hall Forum, “The Emerging Firth Estate”Panelist, Boston MA.
  • 3/2010 – O’Reilly Gov 2.0 Camp New England, Co-Facilitator, Citizen Engagement, Cambridge MA (video)
  • 2/2010 – JumpStart, Civic Engagement Institute, Presenter, Boston MA (video)
  • 12/2009 – Ning.com, VIP Network Creator Summit, Invite Only Attendee, Palo Alto CA
  • 12/2009 – The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Blue Print for Change, Facilitator, Innovation in Civic Engagement, Philadelphia PA
  • 11/2009 – IBM Innovation Discovery Session, Invite Only Attendee, Cambridge MA
  • 11/2009 – Boston Care, Civic Leadership Institute, Presenter, Boston MA
  • 10/2009 – MIT Media Lab Discussion, Presenter, Cambridge MA
  • 9/2009 – O’Reilly Ignite Boston, Get your neighbor on, Presenter, Boston Ma (video)
  • 9/2009 – O’Reilly Gov 2.0 Expo, Panelist Government as a Partner, Washington DC (video)
  • 9/2009 – CEO’s For Cities Velocity Saloon, Invite Only Attendee, Grand Rapids MI (video)
  • 4/2009 – Pecha Kucha Boston #09, Co-Presenter, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA
  • 8/2009 – New Prosperity Initiative, Panelist, Building Communities Online and Offline, Boston, MA (video)
  • 2008 –  Boston Civic Summit, Boston MA, Social Capital, Diverse Neighborhoods & Networks track panelists.
  • 2008 – ICAP Law Enforcement Technology Conference, Panelist, Citizen Observer
  • 2007 – Governor’s MA Civic Engagement Summit, Panelist, Social Capital, Diverse Neighborhoods & Networks track, Worcester, MA
  • 2006 – Governors MA Smart Growth Conference, Fall 2006, Panelist, Vibrant Communities and Regional Equity track, Worcester, MA