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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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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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Organized Complexity — Strong Towns

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***Transforming Communities Series: Complexity in Community***

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           Even the smallest town is a complex organism; to transform it you must first understand it. I am a great admirer of Strong Towns and the work the organization is doing across the country. In this essay its founder Chuck Marohn offers a cogent meditation on Chapter 22 of Jane Jacob’s popular book  The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Marohn focuses on the critical notion of organized complexity in a community and what that means for trying to make it a place where all people can thrive.

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Source: Organized Complexity — Strong Towns

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns and Lessons from Jane Jacobs!

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Benjamin Barber, a Brilliant Thinker Who Saw the Future | The Nation

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***Rest In Peace: Benjamin Barber, A Giant Has Fallen***

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Benjamin Barber was a giant among the few public intellectuals among us, alas a breed whose ranks are all too thin. This essay from The Nation tells his story and how it has affected American life. Thank you, Mr. Barber, for all you have done.

Source: Benjamin Barber, a Brilliant Thinker Who Saw the Future | The Nation

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Life & Work of Benjamin Barber!

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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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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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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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These are the most dynamic cities in the world – and they’re not the ones you’d expect | World Economic Forum

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***World Economic Forum Davos 2017 Series***

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          The Davos 2017 meeting of the World Economic Forum demonstrates how far this independent international group has come in the last ten years. I am sharing several posts every day because it is essential that more people understand the potential good that can come from it. This post focuses on the central importance cities in transforming our world into a better place to live. You may be surprised at the list of the most dynamic ones.

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“A city’s capacity to embrace rapid change determines its ability to compete in the world – today and in the future.”

Source: These are the most dynamic cities in the world – and they’re not the ones you’d expect | World Economic Forum

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Dynamic Cities Everywhere!

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Pittsburgh: Providing the Blueprint for Citywide Maker Education | EdSurge News

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Remake Learning Is Bringing a Revolution in Education:

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     Transforming education has been and still is a top priority in my life and work. My book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life includes a major section on this critical need in our world. Creative expression in education takes many forms; the Remake Education collaboration in Pittsburgh is one of the most exciting developments in recent years.

     Check out this story about the project from EdSurge News and watch for additional posts on this venture.

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Source: Pittsburgh: Providing the Blueprint for Citywide Maker Education | EdSurge News

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The Creative Apothecary Salutes the Work of Remake Learning in Pittsburgh!

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