a centre for social
change in Calgary
Bringing together diverse


              FT
communities of interest, in a


            A
physical space in Calgary, to

...
Which people,
groups, communities,
interests, etc., will this
project try to serve?
Which people,
groups, communities,




          ?
interests, etc., will this
project try to serve?
Who might it be for?
Activists                  Cultural groups and
                           associations
Social change ...
Which functions to
serve, and which
services to provide?
Which functions to
serve, and which




        ?
services to provide?
What types of rooms
and spaces will we
need or want in the
facility?
What types of rooms
and spaces will we




       ?
need or want in the
facility?
How will we decide
on where to locate it
in the city?
How will we decide
on where to locate it




        ?
in the city?
What will we need in
the building and site?
What will we need in




        ?
the building and site?
How might we
structure the
management and
administration of the
project & space?
How might we
structure the
management and




         ?
administration of the
project & space?
Need a governing
body independent of
other organizations.
Responsible to
membership,
participants and
broader community.
Democratically run.
I suggest:
Incorporate
a Co-operative.
Membership available
to both individuals
and organizations.
(Subsidized for low-
income access and
participation.)
Pay some staff to
manage and
administer the
project.
How can we pay
for all of this?
How can we pay




        ?
for all of this?
Possible sources of $
Memberships
                      Community
Sublet rent (offices,   Investment Fund
space usage,…)
   ...
What the frak should
we call it???
What the frak should




        ?
we call it???
What’s in a name?
Centre for Social      Could substitute “Co-
Change                 operative” for “Centre”.
Change Cent...
Where do we start?
Where do we start?




        ?
Have these
discussions.
Figure out what we
want and set
priorities.
Foster a Culture of
Experimentation
Try something quick
and dirty…
…rather than taking
years to plan out
exactly what everyone
wants.
Just create a simple
space to try things
out.
Run the rst space as
a prototype, an
experiment…
Plan to throw out the
prototype, but keep
the learning.
Don’t over-invest up
front.
Embrace accidents and
failures — they are
opportunities for new
ideas and directions.
All of which says to
me that the rst thing
for us to do is…
Jump in and
work together.
So… What do you
think?
So… What do you




      ?
think?
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        ©2009
Grant Neufeld
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         ©2009
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Looking at the development of a centre for social change in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

This is a very rough draft. I hope to eventually replace it with the final version.

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  • Grant, this is exactly the type of thinking I have always liked, and fostered. I don't know if you know much about me or my track record.... but lets just say I can prove what I say, it isn't just talk.

    Once elected Mayor, I would undertake to work with you and see if we can get this idea into action in a big way. I want some Big Vision thinkers working on where Calgary should be going in future.
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  • Draft: A Social Change Centre for Calgary

    1. 1. a centre for social change in Calgary
    2. 2. Bringing together diverse FT communities of interest, in a A physical space in Calgary, to R support activities advancing social change efforts, for social justice and the environment.
    3. 3. Which people, groups, communities, interests, etc., will this project try to serve?
    4. 4. Which people, groups, communities, ? interests, etc., will this project try to serve?
    5. 5. Who might it be for? Activists Cultural groups and associations Social change projects and organizations Educators and learners “Progressive” retailers Technologists (eco-shops, book stores, Social change newbies cafés, etc.…) The curious Artists and arts groups ?
    6. 6. Which functions to serve, and which services to provide?
    7. 7. Which functions to serve, and which ? services to provide?
    8. 8. What types of rooms and spaces will we need or want in the facility?
    9. 9. What types of rooms and spaces will we ? need or want in the facility?
    10. 10. How will we decide on where to locate it in the city?
    11. 11. How will we decide on where to locate it ? in the city?
    12. 12. What will we need in the building and site?
    13. 13. What will we need in ? the building and site?
    14. 14. How might we structure the management and administration of the project & space?
    15. 15. How might we structure the management and ? administration of the project & space?
    16. 16. Need a governing body independent of other organizations.
    17. 17. Responsible to membership, participants and broader community.
    18. 18. Democratically run.
    19. 19. I suggest: Incorporate a Co-operative.
    20. 20. Membership available to both individuals and organizations.
    21. 21. (Subsidized for low- income access and participation.)
    22. 22. Pay some staff to manage and administer the project.
    23. 23. How can we pay for all of this?
    24. 24. How can we pay ? for all of this?
    25. 25. Possible sources of $ Memberships Community Sublet rent (offices, Investment Fund space usage,…) Loans Retail revenue Other fees Charitable funders …? Donations
    26. 26. What the frak should we call it???
    27. 27. What the frak should ? we call it???
    28. 28. What’s in a name? Centre for Social Could substitute “Co- Change operative” for “Centre”. Change Centre Name could incorporate “Calgary”. Diversity Centre Maybe prepend “The”. Margins Centre Maybe something Social Change Centre completely different.
    29. 29. Where do we start?
    30. 30. Where do we start? ?
    31. 31. Have these discussions.
    32. 32. Figure out what we want and set priorities.
    33. 33. Foster a Culture of Experimentation
    34. 34. Try something quick and dirty…
    35. 35. …rather than taking years to plan out exactly what everyone wants.
    36. 36. Just create a simple space to try things out.
    37. 37. Run the rst space as a prototype, an experiment…
    38. 38. Plan to throw out the prototype, but keep the learning.
    39. 39. Don’t over-invest up front.
    40. 40. Embrace accidents and failures — they are opportunities for new ideas and directions.
    41. 41. All of which says to me that the rst thing for us to do is…
    42. 42. Jump in and work together.
    43. 43. So… What do you think?
    44. 44. So… What do you ? think?
    45. 45. grantneufeld.ca ©2009
    46. 46. Grant Neufeld grantneufeld.ca ©2009
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