Tag Archives: community development

Island Institute

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***The Beacons of Hope Series: Island Institute in Rockland, Maine***

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          In developing my “Beacons of Hope” list for the first of the Living Through Creativity resource guides, I have been looking particularly for what I call “connecting organizations.” These organizations have usually grown up locally out of local needs and expanded as those needs changed. The Island Institute in coastal Maine is doing extraordinary work not only in supporting local needs but also in sharing what they have learned with other communities. I hope you will explore their website in depth.

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of the Island Institute!

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What Quebec Can Teach Us About Creating a More Equitable Economy – Shareable

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***Transforming the Economy Series: The Sharing Economy in Quebec***

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            While the experts talk about the problems of our current economic systems, communities across the world are creating opportunities for developing sustainable and more equitable economies. I think this is another strong argument for my contention that the solutions are going to come from local efforts multiplied many times over. Today’s post from Shareable is a great introduction to what is happening in the Canadian province of Quebec.

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Source: What Quebec Can Teach Us About Creating a More Equitable Economy – Shareable

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Local Innovations in a Sharing Economy!

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Dahlia Campus for Health in Denver, Colorado

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***Community Wellness Series: Dahlia Campus for Health & Well Being 2***

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           I recently posted the PBS story about the Dahlia Campus for Health in Denver. Today’s post links to their website so you can explore the full range of services offered there for the community. This center is a model for community involvement in its planning and development. Explore the entire website, paying special attention to the range of mental health services, from early childhood on. This is a comprehensive model for community wellness others would do well to examine.

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Source: Dahlia Campus for Health

Courtesy of Brian Andreas Story People

Courtesy of Brian Andreas Story People

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Dahlia Center for Health & Wellness!

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6 Groundbreaking Community Land Trusts and Housing Co-ops from Around the World – Shareable

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***Transforming Communities Series: Innovations in Community Stability***

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          One of the problems in community development is displacing people who have lived in a place for generations. The community land trust and co-housing are two successful strategies for maintaining and supporting stability in an area. Today’s post from Shareable describes some successful models from around the world. You may find some ideas for your onw community here.

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Source: 6 Groundbreaking Community Land Trusts and Housing Co-ops from Around the World – Shareable

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrate Community-Building Everywhere!

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#AE17 | A placemaking manifesto for Northern Ireland | Township

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***Placemaking for Community Development Series: Northern Ireland***

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            The placemaking movement is flourishing across the world. Township is a collaboration of professionals, academics, artists, and others in Norther Ireland who recognize the importance of community involvement in local development. This manifesto is a brilliant analysis and overview of major issues in development there. It is also a great model for other towns to examine.

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Source: #AE17 | A placemaking manifesto for Northern Ireland | Township

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of Placemaking!

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Building Democracy in ‘Trump Country’ – BillMoyers.com

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***Beacons of Hope Series: Real Development Is Local***

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          Applshop in Letcher County, Kentucky is one of the “Beacons of Hope” I am featuring in the first of the Living Through Creativity resource guides. Started through a government grant many years ago, locals reshaped it when the public funds went away into the catalyst for helping the community it has become today. organizations like Applshop are the leaders for the future in communities.

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Source: Building Democracy in ‘Trump Country’ – BillMoyers.com

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Applshop!

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Partners for Sacred Places – Home

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***Placemaking in Community Development Series: Partners for Sacred Places***

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          Partners for Sacred Places is a Philadelphia-based organization working with congregations in communities to make the older religious properties an asset for both the religious group and the wider community. Earlier today I posted a study of their work bringing together the performing arts and churches in three cities. Explore their full website here. Partners for Sacred Places is a Beacon of Hope organization and I will feature it in the resource guide being prepared for publication in the Living Through Creativity series.

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Source: Partners for Sacred Places – Home

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Partners for Sacred Spaces!

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Exponential growth devours and corrupts

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***Ideas That Matter Series: The Right Kind of Growth***

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          We have it all wrong about growth–whether we are considering personal, community, economic, or national growth. We have canonized unfettered exponential growth and it is leading us to destruction. Today’s post is a very important essay on why this desire for exponential growth is so dangerous. We need to apply it in our personal as well as our public and working lives. The featured images are from Story People by Brian Andreas.

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Source: Exponential growth devours and corrupts

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in Growth Based in Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding!

 

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What is Placemaking? – Project for Public Spaces

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking***

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          The spread of the placemaking approach over the last five years has meant that local communities become much more involved in developing small and “doable” projects that make their communities better places to live. The Project for Public Spaces has helped many communities to make placemaking a normal part of community development. Today’s post offers an excellent introduction to the placemaking phenomenon, with ideas for you to adpat to your community.

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“With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.”

Source: What is Placemaking? – Project for Public Spaces

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Placemaking in Your Community!

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Big Little Milestone: There Are Now 50,000 Little Free Libraries Worldwide

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Little Free Library, A “Beacon of Hope” in Troubled Times:

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          In our communities is our hope; the passion and creativity to make lives better comes from within the people, one project at a time. The Little Free Library foundation has reached a new milestone, with 50,000 small free libraries across the world. And the work expands–there are many examples of the tiny free library outside of this group. The lesson this teaches, a critical one for our time, is that true transformation and change in our communities comes from within, one project at a time becoming a critical mass of hope and achievement. The Little Free Library is one of the Beacons of Hope I am featuring in the first resource guide for my Living Through Creativity series.

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“Little Free Library, a nonprofit with a passion for literacy and community, has placed its 50,000th Little Library at a homeless shelter in California.”

Source: Big Little Milestone: There Are Now 50,000 Little Free Libraries Worldwide

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The Create Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Little Free Library!

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