City of Neighborhoods.
Sadly, for this event I was unable to stay for the workshops which were, undoubtedly, inspiring. BUT what I can say is the morning was full of amazing speakers with grand ideas and even grander intentions to make those ideas a reality.
Each and every neighborhood is composed of retail spots, restaurants, neighbors, clinics, entertainment hubs, parks, markets. Or at least they should be. Why is it necessary to drive 10-20-40 minutes to spend your money and find what you need?
The day began with speaker Jim Diers (author of "Neighborhood Power". He was a ball of energy. Enthusiastic. Hopeful. And why shouldn't he be?
He talked of "bumping places". (Frost Park and the weekly Frost Park Chalk Off is a GREAT example)
Central locations in a community where members can meet up, grow relationships, find common ground and build a sense of community identity.
Think about it.
How often do we not even know the people living in the house directly next door, let alone down the block?
People used to live in a time where they didn't lock their doors, saw each other at church each week, city hall meetings and PTA groups were common practice.
Now we all work too much, it's a go go go mentality that leaves no room for building a relationship with others in our community.
This leaves us suspicious and weary of others. Judgmental. Closed off.
The rest of the speakers included:
The phrase used through-out the peaked my interest was "collective intention".
Here we were, a group of individuals from different neighborhoods here to discuss ideas as a whole. Build a network. Inspire each other. Bottom Up action.
We are in this together.
and everyone involved.
I'm looking forward to more of this~