Author Archives: Molly de Aguiar

Creating a New Model of Technology Support for Community Journalism

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When we set out to invest in creative experiences in journalism sustainability and community engagement we promised we’d share everything we are learning. We wanted to be sure to document what worked but also, just as importantly, what didn’t work. … Continue reading

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A Bold Step Toward Community-Driven Journalism in New Jersey

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“In an age of participatory media, news demands participation. Or to quote Benjamin Barber, ‘People are apathetic because they are powerless, not powerless because they are apathetic.’ For people to pay attention to an important story, it’s possible that we … Continue reading

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Putting Community Information Needs and Civic Participation at the Heart of Disaster Recovery

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Seaside Heights NJ devastation after Hurricane Sandy | AP Photo Julio Cortez There is nothing quite like a major natural disaster to reveal huge gaps in a community’s information needs and infrastructure. When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in late … Continue reading

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August 1 – 7 is National Farmers Market Week

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Highland Park Farmers Market This week is National Farmers Market Week – a good reminder of the importance of supporting our local farm families, investing dollars in our local communities, and buying fresh, local food. … Continue reading

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Growing a Community in Morristown

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate You can probably see that there’s lettuce in the photo above. And perhaps you recognize the kohlrabi on the left, too. In fact, there are 76 pounds of lettuce, spinach, kohlrabi and radishes there – … Continue reading

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Gumball Machines for a Greener Planet

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Seed bomb by Heavy Petal If you’re not familiar with them, seed bombs are small balls – a mixture of clay, compost and seeds – that you can toss onto an empty lot or a … Continue reading

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GOOD on Better Neighborhoods

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate If you’re not familiar with GOOD (the magazine, the website, their events & videos), they are worth checking out. They show us how to collaborate – individuals, businesses and nonprofits – and move forward on … Continue reading

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Getting Our Hands Dirty

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate We’re only weeks away from getting our hands in the dirt and planting our rooftop garden—we’ve already cleaned it up and have starter plants of lettuces, dill and radishes in our kitchen. We’re also working … Continue reading

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Are You A Fan?

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate If you are a regular reader of the Dodge blog, you know that we’re constantly encouraging you to join us on Facebook and on Twitter too. And not just because we want to share Dodge … Continue reading

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Nominate Your Volunteers!

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Most non-profits could not exist without their volunteers. If you’re a New Jersey non-profit – or simply know someone who selflessly gives to their communities – here’s a wonderful way to recognize and honor volunteers: … Continue reading

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Gifts That Keep Giving, Part 2

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate At the beginning of this month, Wendy Liscow offered an extensive selection of thoughtful holiday gift ideas that also benefit New Jersey non-profits. But some of you are procrastinators. We know it. So, here are … Continue reading

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The Fun Theory

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Think recycling is dull? A chore? It doesn’t have to be. Watch this little video about the Bottle Bank Arcade. I dare you not to smile while you’re watching it. See? You smiled. And did … Continue reading

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The Green Roof: A Year in Pictures

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Tomorrow we’re cleaning up (composting!) the remnants of our garden, and we’ll be talking as a group about the lessons we learned from our first year of urban gardening as well as planning for what … Continue reading

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NeighborGoods

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate On my block, there are four houses across the street from us. One of the houses is unoccupied, and the other three each have giant trampolines in their backyards. My husband and I had the … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events, Exhibits and Performances

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Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate We get a lot of invitations, postcards and emails about great events going on around the state of New Jersey. Below are just a few upcoming events we wanted to share. Fortunately, being on Twitter … Continue reading

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