Gordon says that there are no shortcuts around the amount of work involved in this model of community engagement. “You’re building relationships, building trust.”
People who live in Toronto’s Black Creek community come from over 30 countries. They are mostly poor. But they know how to organize a fun and effective meeting about a painful, complicated and widespread problem they all face — hunger!
The Friendly Streets Initiative grew out of a group of volunteers working with various neighborhood organizations to make biking and walking safer in St. Paul.
And it appears that the islands of the Coast Salish Sea, recognizing that there is an overarching structure that has not fed and supported us, is embracing this concept to truly “over grow the system.”
Ultimately, generosity attracts more interest than self-interest. Respect, collaboration and meaningful values are more likely to be successful in building community.
I suppose that’s what my creative practice is: I do something with the objective of trying to raise awareness and people trying to get a message across, it’s designed around that.
To open our in depth exploration of Community Engagement, one of the elements of our Support Offer, Transition Network’s Transition Initiative Support Coordinator Mike Thomas sets the scene.
Put it this way: we would never actually say "this is climate change". That doesn’t sit comfortably with us at all. We don’t like that bald categorisation of what we do.
The difficulties that relate to modern democracy probably start with the use of that term.
My vision is to give purpose to a vacant lot.
Is there anything less popular among Americans than their own government?