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How Built-Out Barcelona Found Space for an Urban Forest – CityLab

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***Transforming Communities Series: Greening of Barcelona***

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          One of the easiest and most important things a community can do to counter the impact of climate change is to “green” with trees, parks, and gardens. This is especially important for cities around the Mediterranean basin. Today’s post from City Lab tells the story of the major greening of Barcelona that could become a model for other cities.

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Source: How Built-Out Barcelona Found Space for an Urban Forest – CityLab

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The Case for Risky Play Spaces for Kids – CityLab

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***Play Is Essential Series***

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          Play is essential for both children and adults. All human development emerges from the intersections of playing, making, and knowing. This is the philosophical foundation of my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. City Lab brings us a cogent review of play in recent decades and why we need to allow young people to take more risks in their play activities.

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“Until the 1980s, playgrounds were spaces of adventure and art.”

Source: The Case for Risky Play Spaces for Kids – CityLab

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Play for Children and Big People Too!

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The Original Sharing Economy – CityLab

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***New-Old Ideas For A Healthy Economy***

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          City Lab, part of The Atlantic media group, is a treasure chest of great ideas that are already happening in communities around the world. In this essay we get reflections on the ancient sharing economy and how it is being reinvented in places like Toronto, with its Sharing Depot and other emerging ways of shifting the emphasis from “owning” to “sharing.” Don’t miss this fascinating and idea-filled read!

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“Private property is a relatively new invention. What’s the future of sharing stuff and services?”

Source: The Original Sharing Economy – CityLab

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates All Signs of the Sharing Economy!

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Inside Nashville’s Training Program for Immigrant Leaders – CityLab

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The Future Is Local, Real Change Emerges Within and By Communities:

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          As my research on Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life continues, I am more and more convinced that all deep and lasting change comes from within local communities. In facing the outcomes of the recent national election we cannot use a broad brush to paint individual communities. In today’s post you will learn about a program in Nashville that is helping immigrants to understand and become part of local government. Thanks City Lab for this encouraging story.

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“MyCity Academy teaches members of Nashville’s immigrant communities about the workings of local government.”

Source: Inside Nashville’s Training Program for Immigrant Leaders – CityLab

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds Nashville’s Immigrant Leadership Program!

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‘Rad Women Worldwide’ Celebrates Ladies Who Built Cities – CityLab

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Women Building Communities Across the World:

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          City Lab is a project of The Atlantic, one of few responsible media groups I trust. City Lab follows the development of communities and brings good information and resources to the area of community development. Today’s post review an important new book, Rad Women Worldwide, telling the story of strong women who have help build their communities, from the Egyptian Hatsheput in 1508 BCE through Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai and beyond. This is a book everyone needs to read.

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“A new book pays homage to gutsy and groundbreaking women around the world.”

Source: ‘Rad Women Worldwide’ Celebrates Ladies Who Built Cities – CityLab

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Women Building Communities Everywhere!

 

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Nursery Fields Forever Blends Urban Farming and Preschool to Teach Kids About Environmental Sustainability – CityLab

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Exploration and Play–the Heart of Early Development–A New Model:

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     Recently I have shared several posts on the problems arising from making preschool more academic, more like elementary school, something that is completely inappropriate and flies in the face of all we know about early childhood development. Today’s idea is most interesting, possibly one workable model for shaping the active and exploratory learning children need.

     The project, Nursery Fields Forever, won the design award for a model for London nursery schools at the AWR International Ideas Competition. It is no surprise that two of the four architects involved in its development are from Italy, home of Montessori and Emilia Reggio early childhood education, the gold standards for early childhood development. There are examples in different countries of using farms as the sites for active learning; the focus on urban farms and preschool is new. City Lab is a good source of new ideas for cities that work.

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“A group of architects proposed a new design to help raise environmentally responsible kids.”

Source: Nursery Fields Forever Blends Urban Farming and Preschool to Teach Kids About Environmental Sustainability – CityLab

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in Exploration and Play for All Children!

Music Festivals Like SXSW Help Shape Cities – CityLab

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How Music Transforms a Community, Contributes to Economic and Social Development:

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     There is no segment of my book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” in which the power of music is absent: early childhood development, creative aging, the integration of the arts in medicine, improving life for those with dementia, healing trauma in communities and individuals…the list is never-ending. Music can also be a powerful driver of economic development and the transformation of community culture.

     This post examines only one way that music is affecting the economic and social development of communities: the emergence of the music festival. Richard Florida, the guru of the creative economy idea, interviews Jonathan Wynn for City Lab about his new book, Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and Newport.

    This interview offers a good overview of the development of music festivals, their impact on communities, and the concept of placemaking, a relatively new development in making specific spaces in a community centers for active people-participation.

     I would also suggest a look at Louisville, Kentucky and the creation of Music Makes a City. I will do a separate post on Louisville later in the week.

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“A conversation with Jonathan R. Wynn on his new book, Music/City.”

Source: Music Festivals Like SXSW Help Shape Cities – CityLab

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Music for Individuals and Communities