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Crowd-sourced data hold potential for positive change and human rights abuses

Crowd-sourced data hold potential for positive change and human rights abuses | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"Citizens become participants in data collection without having to alter their normal routines," Fawkes said. The goal in such cases is less to create scientific data than to create "good-enough data," Fawkes said, that such information could help get the U.N. started in taking a closer look at local needs and developing response plans. Quickly collected crowd-sourced data can enable early interventions and the implementation of social safety nets that can bring quick aid to a disaster zone or political crisis and thereby prevent long-term damage to communities.

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Growing Rogue Proves Urban Farming Strengthens Communities

Growing Rogue Proves Urban Farming Strengthens Communities | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Growing Rogue has started its first urban farm at a large apartment complex, (Singleton Housing), near 19th Ave. and Maryland in Phoenix. When Kristopher Corter and Andrew Pisher got started with the farm the people in the neighborhood tried warning them that the neighborhood was a dangerous one, that there was a lot of crime and drugs in that area and there was concern about people vandalizing the farm or stealing the large drums that stored the soil and plants. With confidence Mr. Corter and Mr. Pisher continued their work shoveling dirt and soil into the food drums in the large covered parking lot out back and in time residents of the apartment complex wanted to help and passersby would see the work and stop to help shovel soil. In less than two weeks of work neighbors are already commenting on how they have seen less crime and drug related activity and the neighborhood feels a little safer already.

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Long Beach: Finding Ways to Get More People Walk

Long Beach: Finding Ways to Get More People Walk | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

“Our vision for the walking program is to promote livable neighborhoods for residents and visitors through exploration on foot,” stated Melissa Wheeler, Healthy Communities Director for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. She emphasized that, beyond direct health and environmental benefits, increasing walkability will also provide gains in relation to economic vitality, climate change, traffic congestion, social cohesion, and community safety.

 

via Streetsblog Los Angeles

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Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
This is an interview with B.K. Bose, who started the non-profit Niroga Institute with a few yoga students in 2005. Niroga was asked to help work with a group of delinquent young women in an alternative high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, and from the first yoga class the Niroga teachers could see how these students took to the mindful action, breathing and centering (the ABCs) like fish to water. They seemed to connect with a place inside themselves that was safe from all the dysfunction

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.
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Mindfulness in the city : Safe and stressless


When kids drop out of school, the risks of inner-city violence increases.  Entire families are struggling with stresses that can be reduced with scientific approaches to mindful yoga and meditation.

Thet's where Niroga Institute's program comes into play: Transformative Life Skills (TLS).


Nurturing every child's Potential


"We believe that every child and every youth has infinite capability for self-awareness and self-mastery, to act rather than merely react, to achieve their fullest potential."


Watch a short video on Yoga, Self-Control and Social Transformation here.


by Rob Schware

12 Dec 2012


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Inner-city residents say presidential campaigns ignoring scourge of gun violence

Inner-city residents say presidential campaigns ignoring scourge of gun violence | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"In a tough Philadelphia neighborhood where an off-duty police officer was shot to death last month, a mother is afraid to walk to the corner store with her two children. In a Chicago area where 23 people have been killed by gunfire so far this year, kids don’t want to go outside. In Harlem, a 26-year-old man worries his family will get hit by crossfire.

 

Residents of inner-city neighborhoods plagued by gun violence say they feel neglected and ignored even in a presidential election year marked by highly publicized shootings at a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and outside the Empire State Building — a year in which Republicans have launched a full-throated defense of gun ownership while Democrats have largely kept quiet about an issue they used to put front and center."

 

@StarveTheSystem asks,

Is it the guns...or is the state of our collective mental health? Poverty, stress, poor health, toxic mindstate (which starts with poor nutrition, air, and water), low literacy, lack of opportunity...what will we do? What can a presidential candidate say? What do we expect of elected officials? How do we as a community hold them accountable?... Let's have these conversations! 


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Vacant Lots Turned Green Reduce Crime, Study Says - Earth911.com

Vacant Lots Turned Green Reduce Crime, Study Says - Earth911.com | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Greening old, vacant lots comes with plenty of healthy benefits to communities, but it might also help reduce crime, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study.

 

Researchers started with two types of lots consisting controlled vacant, overgrown lots and ones renovated with help from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, who cleaned, planted trees and grass and build a wooden fence around each lot. Researchers interviewed 21 residents near each lot before and after the experiment. Residents living around greened lots said they felt safer following the renovations.

 

Researchers also looked at crime statistics three months before the renovations and three months after. Areas with greened lots saw a total reduction in crime, including gun crime and assault without guns. The researchers attribute the reduction to an overall sense of community in areas with greened lots. Additionally, greened lots limit options to hide illegal activities, such as hiding illegal guns or drug use.

 

http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2012/08/06/injuryprev-2012-040439

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