Every time I go on vacation or get a little bit of time to step back and think, I end up making long "to do" lists for myself. The lists are about projects I want to start, books to read, things to learn about, people to get in touch with. It's common for some significant chunk of those lists to be related to how to make my home, Richmond Indiana, a better place to live, work and play.
At the same time, I recognize that other people are out there coming up with their own ideas about how to make Richmond better. I hear those ideas mentioned at meetings, in casual conversations, in planning documents, and all over. Sometimes I hear people talk about idea overlap - how something they thought was a new idea was something someone else had worked on in the past. And then I start to worry that we might not be fully honoring the collective brain power we devote to improving Richmond, and I wanted to create a resource that would allow for some consolidated storage of all of those great ideas.
Thus was created the concept for a new website I launched this week, Richmond Brainstorm.com. It's a place where people can submit their ideas for how to make Richmond better, and discuss the ideas already on the site.