According to Bernard Lietaer, a community is "a group of people who honor each other's gifts, who can trust that their gifts will be reciprocated some day, in some way." Community Forge gives your community the tools you need to build cohesion, involvement, and resilience more easily and efficiently.
The brainchild of Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, the Little Free Library project was conceived to promote literacy and build community—and to challenge Andrew Carnegie’s record of creating more than 2,500 free libraries.
The idea is simple: “Take a book, return a book” is posted on a little box put up where people are likely to pass by. In just two years, Little Free Library has turned into a movement with profound implications for building relationships and fostering sharing among neighbors.
You might not have to look too hard. A raft of new businesses is emerging based on a concept called collaborative consumption. The idea is to provide a place, usually online, where consumers can share products or services for a small fee.
Conference wiki with agenda, notes from the open space, plenary notes, and participantsThe Commons - Prosperity by Sharing, an excellent overview of what commons are, why they matter, and a vision of a commons-based future.Videos of all the keynotes
The Sharehood aims to build joyful, sustainable and resilient communities by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours and share with them.
We want to contribute to active, inclusive and environmentally sustainable communities where resources are shared locally. This will means less production, less consumption and less transportation - all of which are good for the environment.
Several specific lessons arise from WikiLeaks and the Queensland Floods: Low Hurdles to Participation Distribute across Multiple Platforms Generate a Sense of Community Allow Community Development Earn Social Capital...
Sustainable communities are neighbourhoods, towns, villages and rural communities who have decided to collectively explore alternative ways of living and developing that reduce natural resource use, protect the environment, and meet essential human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own essential needs.
We are a writer's cooperative. We write about Lyttelton and the people who live here. Here we track projects, share skills and ideas, inspire grassroots leadership and document what relocalisation looks like. Join the conversations and be part of co-creating our community . Welcome.
When the residents of a small island in Washington learned that the electric company was planning to build a new substation to meet rising demand, they geeked out and came up with a better idea: using less energy.
Imagine a world where we no longer rely on oil for transportation or fuelling our economy. Rather, we live in local communities where we collectively grow our own food, trade goods, swap ideas about health and lifestyle and exchange services using a local currency. This scenario is called a Transition Town (TT) and it’s not some distant utopian vision; it’s already happening around the world, including here in Australia.
Have you noticed all the cuts being made to your city budget? To schools and libraries, fire fighters and social services, and other public spending? Think you could do a better job managing the budget? Soon, you may have that chance.
Through a process called “participatory budgeting”, residents of over 1,000 cities around the world are deciding how to spend taxpayer dollars. In October, four districts in New York City launched the second such process in the US. This article offers some initial tips for how you could start participatory budgeting in your city.
The Findhorn Foundation and community will proudly host the 11th international conference of the International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) in June 2013 which will bring together up to 250 communal scholars and community activists from around the world. The conference and associated events will offer a rare opportunity in a unique communal setting to share academic research and lived experience of collective life in intentional communities such as ecovillages, cohousing, communes, kibbutzim, sectarian communities and housing cooperatives.
Environmental sustainability is now well recognized, though social sustainability – finding ways to make places work for people, that are inclusive and cohesive, and adaptable in the face of changing circumstances – is a new challenge.
There is strong evidence about the relationship between the quality of our local social relationships – the people we pass time with on the street, whether we can call on neighbors for help when we are ill – and how happy we are with where we live. The work that is needed to support this is the small scale, efforts of community development workers and local neighbourhood groups. However, this work is vulnerable to cuts in public spending, though corner cutting can have a stark long-term negative impact; the financial and social costs of neighbourhood failure are high and include raised levels of crime, unemployment and mental health problems...
The “complete streets” movement has taken the country by storm. Few movements have done so much to influence needed policy change in the transportation world- almost 300 jurisdictions in the U.S. have adopted complete streets policies or have committed to do so. This sets the stage for communities to reframe their future around people instead of cars.
But communities can't stop there. Complete streets is an engineering policy that, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition website, “ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind — including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”
Getting transportation professionals to include pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users is a key first step in creating great places and livable communities. But that is not enough to make places that truly work for people — “streets as places.” The planning process itself needs to be turned upside-down...
Villages Cooperative Community: The New Local Economy
Discover Nearby People You Can Trust
The foundation of Villages is a trust network that you help create by endorsing friends who have something to contribute to the community. Find friends-of-friends that have the skills you need, or interesting projects you can help with.
The Burton Street Community, founded in 1912, was a thriving black community that gave rise to prominent leaders, a successful agricultural fair and a minor-league baseball team. In 1960, the neighborhood was bisected by the building of Interstate 240. Since then, it has dealt with abandonment, disinvestment, drugs and crime. Throughout these hardships, a strong and active community has persisted. In 2008, faced with the threat of losing 20 more homes as a result of the expansion of the same highway that decimated it half a century before, the neighborhood became proactive. Instead of letting outside forces dictate their future, they decided to define and create the community they wanted to live in — and make it happen on their terms.