People-to-People Networking (PtPN) is, as the name implies, networking that connects through the actions of people.

The goal of PtPN is twofold: 1. To create an environment that brings people into closer contact with the resources available to their community. 2. To enable more effective, efficient, and transparent management in government operations and decision-making.

Improving access to resources is not a new idea, certainly not for anyone working in community development, nor is the idea of using networking to connect resources to the people who need them. What can offer a significant benefit is changing the networking mechanism to in-person work groups that rely on people actually knowing each other.

This approach assures that all resources available to a local community – from both government and NGOs – are visible and managed effectively by the people who live there and their elected officials.

PtPN consists of three local community networks:

  • The local public library managing a directory of nonprofit services and activities, and through that activity, encourages relationships between nonprofits and the community.
  • Through work-groups consisting of department representatives, local governments can use a basic risk management process in evaluating certain critical issues.
  • Any existing community or neighborhood associations would be represented in the library and government networks.

What makes this arrangement so unique and potentially beneficial is the synergistic effect of bringing together so many resources, all based in the same community. It’s a community of relationships, something severely lacking in today’s culture.