Promoter(s) DESIS Lab The project Amplifying Creative Communitiesisfundedby The Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Grant 2009 and led by The New School’s Design for Social Innovation and SustainabilityLab (DESIS Lab). Project partners are the Lower East Side Ecology Center, GreenmapSystems and IDEO and issupportedby DESIS international network.
1.1 Context The Lower East Side neighborhood The LES is a neighborhood in the Southeastern of the NYC borough of Manhattan. It has traditionally been an immigrant, working class neighborhood, but it has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years.
1.2 Main problem Main Problem How to retain the traditional (diverse and active) population in the LES? How to stimulate local job creation as a possible response to gentrification and generating a new (local) social economy?
1.3 Framework project: vision and goals Goals Stop the processofgentrification Amplyfing creative communitiesas a meantoretaintraditional people toleave the neighborhood Vision middle organizations can become amplifiers (or social innovation hubs) beyond their initial scope (e.g. environmental justice, etc)
1.4 Framework project: strategy Hypothesis: Can middle organizations become amplifiers (or social innovation hubs) beyond their initial scope (e.g. environmental justice, etc)?
CC CC CC CC CC CC 1.5 Framework project: structure Members of the DESIS Network : share expertise and experiences, collaboration opportunities Creative Communities (CC) will flourish Local partners in each neighborhood: permanent hubs for the development of new Creative Communities DESIS Network CC LOWER EAST SIDE ECOLOGY CENTER CC NYC Cases GREEN MAP DESIS Lab 1st amplification CC DESIS Archive (Europe, China, Brazil, India, Africa… NON-PROFIT IN BROOKLYN /QUEENS Green Map: digital tool for mapping Creative Communities CC IDEO 2nd amplification CC IDEO: co-design the design toolkit for each neighborhood
1.5.1 Framework project: action 1 Parsons students will research 18 cases Researching social innovation cases in the LES “snowball” research
1.5.2 Framework project: action 2 Green Mapping Social Innovation Cases in the LES 44+ community gardens in the Lower East Side Other social innovation areas: Youth empowerment, Housing, Food, Info sharing, Commodities exchange/sharing,
1.5.3 Framework project: action 3 Design Toolkit: Resource base for the local community organization
CC CC CC CC CC CC 1.6 Framework project: timeline Current framework progress Members of the DESIS Network : share expertise and experiences, collaboration opportunities Creative Communities (CC) will flourish Local partners in each neighborhood: permanent hubs for the development of new Creative Communities DESIS Network CC LOWER EAST SIDE ECOLOGY CENTER CC NYC Cases GREEN MAP DESIS Lab 1st amplification CC DESIS Archive (Europe, China, Brazil, India, Africa… NON-PROFIT IN BROOKLYN /QUEENS Green Map: digital tool for mapping Creative Communities CC IDEO 2nd amplification CC IDEO: co-design the design toolkit for each neighborhood
2. Local project: examples 1. Green Oasis Garden 2. Next step: The Lower East Side Girls Club
2.1 Framework project: Local project 1 Started in 1981.Ex-marine lived next to abandoned lot. With a group of friends cleared the lot and began a garden. Based on two goals: to create a place to celebrate the arts, and to provide a healthy environment for neighborhood children. Green Oasis Garden
2.2 Local project 1: context and main problem Mainproblem There is no “typical user.” The user group has changed a lot over the years. With changing ethnicities in the area, community interaction with the garden has changed. Make visible the smaller organized activities and the non –organized activities. Context Located in LES aneighborhood in the Southeasternof the NYC boroughof Manhattan. Boundariesas source ofcontroversy Gentrification
2.3 Local project 1: vision and goals Goal Understand the community Fix the community beyond its hero Amplifying the community at the scale of the territory Vision Introduce the community in a amplification process that will lead to make it visible, indipendent, accessible and stable.
2.4 Local project 1: the strategy Hypothesis: Can LESEC become the amplifier (or social innovation hubs) beyonditsinitialscope (e.g. environmental justice, etc)?
3.2 Co-design tools and activities Exhibiting: a dialogue with local residents about local and international social innovations Interactive green map International cases Social innovation cases: Community gardens Design workshop Exhibiting: a dialogue with local residents about local and international social innovations Below the radar innovations: the heroes
3.2 Toolkit design five main areas with multiple activities and tools for different users and skills Tools For
Tools for whom? Ordinary People Community Based Organizations (CBOs) Specially Trained Experts/ Network of Trained Experts Designers Design Schools/Students/Researchers (DESIS Network) … How to balance the use of media and technology according to the potential user?
Toolkit: Resource base for the local community organization
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