My experience has shown me that our neighborhoods are strongest, and we are happiest when we are connected, in communication, 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 the Northeast Senior City Strategist at NextDoor.com. In my free time, I voluntarily lead outreach and organizing for Snowcrew.org.
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The 4 Foundational Principles of Empowering Your Neighbors
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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Becoming a professional neighbor
I wrote the first version of this blog post back in 2011 as a part of the interview process for a job I wanted to land. I’ve update it as this past August marked the 10th anniversary of when I began organizing in neighborhoods. Now that I’ve joined the outstanding team at Nextdoor and dissolved Neighbors for [...] [...]
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I am passionate about and understand how to motivate and empower citizens and the organizations that serve them to collaborate productively on and off-line. The results produced by their collaborations are increased public safety, resilience, quality of life, sustainability, and opportunity.
My belief is that the well-being of society depends on the diversity and the strength of bonds we make with people closest to us where we live. My experience has shown me that our neighborhoods are strongest and we are happiest when we are connected, in communication, and in service to each other.
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 and 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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- WUSA9 CBS DC, 1/23/2016, Tiffany Tarpley, Snowcrew.org sends volunteers to shovel in DC area
- WUSA9 CBS DC, 1/23/2016, Matt Yurus, Snowcrew.org helping shovel out all the fire hydrants
- January 22, 2016, WUSA9, Washington, DC, Matt Yurus, Snowcrew.org needs volunteers to shovel
- January, 29, 2015, CBS WBZ-TV Boston, Susie Steimle, Website Connects Volunteers With People Who Need Help Shoveling
- January, 26, 2015, Beta Boston, Nidhi Subbaraman, Would you shovel for your neighbor? The ‘Snow Crew’ website is looking for volunteers
- March 4, 2014, NBC4, Washington, DC, David Culver, ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’: Snowcrew.org Founder
- March 4, 2014, Radio FRESH 94.7 CBS, Washington DC, The Tommy Show, Become a D.C. Yeti & Help Your Neighbors After Snow Storms
- March 3, 2014, WTOP 103.5 FM, Washington, DC, Snowcrew.org matches willing volunteers with snowed-in residents
- March 3, 2014, WUSA CBS9, Washington, DC. Nikki Burdine – Md. woman dies after shoveling snow
- March 3, 2014, NBC4 Washington, DC, Angie Goff – Free Service Shovels Snow for Those Unable to Do So
- March 3, 2014, WJLA ABC 7, Roz Plater – Check out main roads via D.C. traffic cams
- March 3, 2014, DCist.com, Washington DC, Sarah Anne Hughes, Here’s Another Way To Find Out Where Shoveling Assistance Is Needed
- February 13, 2014, InTheCapital.com, Washington DC, Eric Hal Schwartz, Snowcrew’s Shovels Freeing Trapped DC Residents
- February 10, News12 New Jersey, The News at 5 pm, Allison Bybee – No link available.
- January 4, 2014, The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, Midwest braces for historic cold
- January 4, 2014, Boston Globe, Editorial, ‘Snow Crew’: Shoveling past barriers
- December 19, 2013, NPR, Here and Now, Robin Young, Help They Neighbor Shovel
- December 19, 2013, Boston Globe, Billy Baker, Snow Crew Builds Community Bonds
- December 17, 2013, 90.9 WBUR, By Jack Lepiarz, Website Gives Bostonians A Place To Ask Neighbors For Shoveling Help
- February 11, 2013, WBUR Radio Boston, Meet Boston’s ‘Professional Neighbor’ (About SnowCrew).
- January 21, 2011, Boston.com, By Matt Rocheleau, Shovel-ready: JP neighbors dig out those in need
- January 15, 2011, Spin It Up Local, By Melinda, Community takes on new meaning when people plus technology plus social work together
- January 14, 2010, WGBH, By Jess Bidgood, In JP, Social Networking Helps Neighbors Dig Out
- January 14, 2011, Government Technology, By Steve Ressler, Become a Money-Saving Hero (Opinion)
- January 11, 2011, Neighbors Network News, By Chris Lovett, Volunteers Take on Snow in Jamaica Plain
- 11/25/2010, Boston Globe, By Milton J. Valencia, Community defies sudden violence
- 11/24/2010, UniversalHub.bom, By Adam Gaffin, Pizza Support
- 11/26/2010, The JP Voice, JP Serves Up Community Support for Same Old Place
- 11/10/2010, Spark Minute, By David Spark, Expert tips for community engagement
- 8/12/2010, Bloomberg.com, By Douglas MacMilla, Andreessen’s Social Site Ning Gets Users to Pay for Service
- 3/30/2010, Boston Metro, By Justin Rice, Neighbors help flooded friends
- 3/20/2010, Shoemoney.com, By Jeremy Shoemaker, Social networks as the new social infrastructure for neighborhoods
- 11/29/2009, Urbanophile.com, By Aaron Renn, Midwest Midwest Miscellany
- 11/12/2009, TheGlueProject.com, by Douglas Atkin, Showcase #2, Neighbors for Neighbors
- 10/30/2009, BostonWorldPartnerships.com, City Launches Social Networking Website for Each Boston Neighborhood
- 10/29/2009, Neighborhood Network News with Chris Lovett
- 10/29/2009, Cnewmark.com, by Craig Newmark, Neighbors for Neighbors: neighborhood-centric social networks
- 10/24/2009, UniversalHub.com, by Adam Gaffin, Neighborhood social networking gets city imprimatur
- 10/20/2009, BostonCrimeWatch.com, by Carolyn MacNeil, Neighborhood Watch and Neighbors for Neighbors Unite!
- 10/12/2009, CultureandCommunication.org, by Gabe Mugar, Refining the Social and Techincal Design of NfN
- 10/9/2009, CultureandCommunication.org, by Gabe Mugar, Party Starter
- 10/6/2009, CultureandCommunication.org, by Gabe Mugar, Access is only the beginning
- 9/30/2009, KevinCurry.blogspot.com, by Kevin Curry, Gov 2.0 Doers
- 9/28/2009, NeighborWork America, Seven High-Impact Social Media Trends for Neighborhoods and Local Nonprofits
- 9/28/2009, Blog.ning.com, by Laura, Neighbors for Neighbors: Stepping up to fight crime.
- 9/24-25/2009, About organizing we did in response to rash of robberies: FOX, CBS, and Boston Globe.
- 9/20/2009, O’Reilly.com, Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase 09: Hillary Hartley, “Government as a Partner Panel Discussion”
- 9/20/2009, O’Reilly.com, Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase 09: Joseph Porcelli, “Neighbors for Neighbors – Connecting Neighbors to Each Other and Government”
- 9/10/2009, The New Prosperity Initiative, by Alexis Schroeder, Joseph Porcelli discusses his work with Neighbors for Neighbors, a Boston organization that connects neighbors to one another.
- 5/1/2009, Jamaica Plain Gazette, by By David Taber, JP gets networked
- 9/12/2008, Aha-moments.com, by Bill Sherman, Building Local Social Capital: Interview with Joseph Porcelli.
- 8/12/2008, National Sherriff’s Association, by Janet K. Hawkins, Making the Connection Boston Crime Prevention Volunteers Unite via New Online Social Network
- 6/24/2008, Blog.ning.com, by Mariko, Know your Neighbors
- 4/22/2008, Blog.ning.com, by Mariko, Save a tree, or three, with the Mug Project,
- 4/11/2008, Blog.ning.com, by Gina Bianchini, All Sorts of Awesome Here…
- 4/11/2008, CBS WBZ Channel 4 Boston, by Paul Burton, Jamaica Plain Takes Crime Watch To Cyberspace
- 4/10/2008, Boston Now, by James O’Brien, Crime Watch goes online
- 3/4/2008, ABC Channel 5 Boston, by David Brown, Group reduces waste one mug at a time
- 2/6/2008, Vermont Public Radio, by Patti Daniels, Building community, one nametag at a time
- 1/22/2007, Boston Globe, by Amy Farnsworth, In quest to cut waste, a modest proposal: Bring a mug
- 9/14/2007, NECN, Wired, with Jim Braude
- 7/16/2007, The Boston Globe, Photo by Jim Davis, “Getting to know you”
- 7/16/2007, Boston Metro, Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki, “Name game: Fenway fans meet their neighbors”
- 7/15-16/2007, During the days following Nametag Day at Fenway Park there were about a dozen major TV and radio spots.
- 7/9/2007, Boston Now, by Galen Moore, Vision of Community
- 5/29/2007, The Hallmark Channel, New Mornings with Timberly Whitfield, Name tag, Joseph Porcelli
- 3/29/2007, Miami Herald, by Nicholas Spangler, His mission is, namely, to make the world neighborly
- 3/23/2007, WIOD 610 AM, South Florida
- 3/23/2007, CBS Channel 12,West Palm Beach, FL
- 1/22/2007, Smile Revolution with Mindy Smile Fradkin, WKNY – 1490 AM Kingston NY
- 1/21/2007, The Wild and Fee Morning Show, CBS Radio Cleveland – WQAO – 104.1, 1/18/2006. Made appearances WRKO Boston 680 AM FM Talk 96.9, and WBZ 1030 AM and a story was featured on Yahoo News.
- 1/17/2006, Fox 25 Boston, “Man Wears Name Tag to Get to Know His Neighbors”
- 1/16/2007, CBS Boston, by Bill Shields, “J.P. Man Wears Nametag, Gets To Know His Neighbors”
- 1/14/2007, Boston Globe, by Patrick McGoarty, ”Hi, I’m Joseph, and for ‘07, I’m trying something different”
- 1/25/2007, Boston Metro, by Tony Lee, “Hello, my name is… One man’s name tag is another man’s social experiment”
Major articles prior to 2007 (Others available by searching Google):
- Boston Metro: “Neighborhood social program expanding”
- Boston Bulletin: “Group looks to unite city by neighborhoods”
- Boston Globe: “For one night activists help themselves”
- Boston Globe: “Keeping sight of the forest among the stumps”
- Stephenson Strategies: “Reviving community involvement”
- Boston Globe: “Mighty Neighborly”
- 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