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Post Grenfell, communities are holding things together | The Social Enterprise Magazine – Pioneers Post

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***Transforming Communities Series: Local Community Organizations Are the Key***

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          The most important lesson I have learned from my research for my book and resource guides is that the key to both community and individual renewal lies with shaping and supporting local community organizations. Today’s post shares living examples of this fundamental truth from what has been happening in London since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. What organizations in your community would help in a disaster?

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Source: Post Grenfell, communities are holding things together | The Social Enterprise Magazine – Pioneers Post

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Local Community Organizations Everywhere!

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BUILDING 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY | Jim Diers | Pulse | LinkedIn

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***Transforming Communities Series: Simple, Practical Ideas that Work***

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          I found today’s post through The Project for Public Spaces; everyone working to build livable communities needs to read it. Jim Diers brings together positive examples of community building from around the world, a wonderful counter-balance to all the negative developments that get more publicity. Find an idea here that might work in your community.

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Source: BUILDING 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY | Jim Diers | Pulse | LinkedIn

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Community Builders Everywhere!

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This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood : The Hearty Soul

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***Community Development Series: Detroit Rising***

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          Placemaking–whether it is called that or not–is happening all over Detroit. People are coming together to make a difference in rebuilding their neighborhoods.  This first “urban agrihood” is the brain-child of the Michigan Urban Farming Institute and is providing fresh produce for the 2000 families living in a two-mile area around the farm. It is a major development both for Detroit and for the emerging urban farming movement.

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Source: This area in Detroit is now America’s first 100% organic, self-sustainable neighborhood : The Hearty Soul

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Neighborhoods in Detroit!

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Five big ideas to better integrate nature into cities | Citiscope

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***Transforming Communities Series: Nature in the City***

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          Integrating nature into the city is essential for a living, people-friendly community; there are many ways to accomplish this. Citiscope presents five important ideas in this article, with links to examples of what is happening in communities around the world. This is an important read for those concerned with countering climate change and making communities better places to live.

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Source: Five big ideas to better integrate nature into cities | Citiscope

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in Integrating Nature into Communities!

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Playful City USA | KaBOOM!

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***Play Is Essential Series: Cities Supporting Play***

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          All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. This is the philosophical foundation for my book Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. KaBOOM! has been looking at and supporting play in communities for many years. Their annual award for playful cities is a useful gauge of how seriously communities take the importance of play. Is your community in this year’s list?

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Source: Playful City USA | KaBOOM!

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of KaBOOM! and Play for Children!

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Public Art Week — Strong Towns

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***Transforming Communities Series: Public Art Week***

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          Strong Towns, a vital organization helping towns to develop from a foundation of designing for people, is doing an entire week of posts about public art and its role in shaping communities. This post includes the introduction to the series and direct links to the other essays in the series. There are some fascinating examples and good thinking here.

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Source: Public Art — Strong Towns

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns!

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Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

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***Transforming Communities Series: Placemaking in Athens, Greece***

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          I am a devoted fan of placemaking in communities and the placemaking movement around the world. The Project for Public Spaces is an organization that fosters this approach in making small, incremental, and doable transformations to make small areas of a community more people-friendly. Most communities get into placemaking through the ideas and actions of local people who see a need and fill it. Pittaki Street in Athens is a shining example of locals working together to make a dingy and dangerous street a hive of activity and enjoyment. Since this post is all about light, the featured images here are from Little Sun, the art form and solar energy model created by Olafur Eliasson.

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Source: Pittaki Street – Athens, Greece – Atlas Obscura

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Placemaking in All Communities!

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Dandora Transformation League | tunabaDilisha

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***Transforming Communities: A Beacon of Hope in Nairobi***

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          True change must emerge from leadership at the local level. The Dandora Transformation League in the Dandora suburb of Nairobi, Kenya is empowering the local community to renew and transform their small world through creatively working together. It is a living example of how the power of “placemaking” works at its best. Today’s post brings you directly to their website and I encourage you to explore it in depth. I am considering this effort for inclusion in my “Beacons of Hope” resource guide.

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Source: Dandora Transformation | tunabaDilisha

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Local change Through Placemaking!

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Greatest Hits: The Strong Towns Strength Test — Strong Towns

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***Community Development Series: Strong Towns***

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          Strong Towns is an extraordinary organization that is growing in influence and scope. It is one of my “Beacons of Hope” organizations and will be featured in the forthcoming resource guide from the Living Through Creativity series. This post introduces you to their “Strong Towns Strength Test” and I hope all of you will look at your town through its perceptive lenses.

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Source: Greatest Hits: The Strong Towns Strength Test — Strong Towns

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns!

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Berea Farmers Market serves as small business incubator to grow local-food restaurants | Lexington Herald Leader

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***Community Development Series: Berea, Kentucky and Local Entrepreneurs***

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          Berea, Kentucky is a hub for entrepreneurship and local development in that region of Appalachia. I am mapping the region, identifying and digging deeply into possible “Beacons of Hope” for my resource guide. This story from the Lexington Herald Leader introduces one part of the exciting work going on in the area. They truly exemplify a “grow your own” philosophy.

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Source: Berea Farmers Market serves as small business incubator to grow local-food restaurants | Lexington Herald Leader

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Local Entrepreneurship in Berea!

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