YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard): 

Connections that empower change, for good! 

"Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a 
better world." ~ Tommy Douglas

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I couldn’t live without music in my life, its part of who I am. As a drummer, I appreciate how music is held together by the underlying rhythm buried beneath.   When there is good music, momentum builds with each song, the notes carry farther and farther and people are drawn towards the sound. Those who join in can play their own instrument or simply take it all in.  Somehow a temporary community is formed with solidarity for ‘one beat’.   It’s not so different with communities. With many voices, strengths and backgrounds, much can be accomplished towards a common goal.

Believing in the power of a community that works together, I created YIMBYNation Networking to bring the people, connections and tools together that will promote the journey of creating a better world for everyone; one that proclaims where change begins:  ‘Yes - In My Backyard!’.  NIMBY stands for 'Not In My Back Yard' and refers to those who choose not to care and instead remain unaffected by the suffering of another.  I believe everyone can make a difference - big or small. It begins by deciding to become more aware,  turning issues and problems into real causes, and by choosing not to remain indifferent to what is going on outside our own backyards  - only then will real seeds of change will be planted in our own.   

My hope is that by utilizing social media for collaboration, community networks will be built or strengthened.  In addition, people will feel inspired, mobilized & engaged to work towards social justice, human rights and positive change. 

Working within Local/International Community Development & Outreach for almost two decades, I’ve seen people do amazing things - from just the smallest act of kindness, to incredible sacrifice and generosity.  I’ve seen those at the receiving end not only empowered, but inspired to change the world in some way themselves.  Compassion mixed with courage is contagious; the change it can bring is truly infectious.  But it must begin with ourselves; not only in our hearts but in our own backyards.

“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."           ~ Rosa Parks  



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