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Primacy of Place™: Community Wellbeing



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  • 1. Jane Ellery Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology Ball State University Delaina Boyd Building Better Communities Ball State University Krista Flynn Building Better Communities Ball State University COMMUNITY WELLBEING AND PRIMACY OF PLACE™ Building Better Communities
  • 2. Concepts Community Economic Development Primacy of Place Introduce/Define
  • 3. Community  Group of People defined within the context of a…  Geography  Neighborhood,  Institution Town, City, County, Region, State or Setting  Workplace, Social Service Agency, School, Medical Practice, Faith-based Group, Clubs, Web Portals  Demographic  Seniors, or Characteristic Families, Music Lovers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Low Wage Earners, Smartphone Users, Cyclists
  • 4. Economic Development  Community Economic Prosperity  Money Economy – Jobs, goods, services, and financial incentives  Core Economy – Home, family, neighborhood and community Valuing BOTH… and understanding how they work together
  • 5. In Addition to a Medical Model Beyond a Medical Model Dunn’s view of the situation (1959) 1. It is a shrinking world. Communication time has shrunk to  a vanishing point. 2. It is crowded in the  Established a national vital statisticsasystem world. Population growth brings with it new health United States problems arising from population pressures and the scarcities of  Recognized as starting the wellness movement materials and living spaces.  Book “High Level Wellness” published in 1961 3. It is an older world. People living longer has created a steadily advancing per capita demand on productivity.  Definition – an integrated method of functioning which 4. It is a world mounting is oriented to maximizing the potential of ofmodern lifetensions. which an and its The tempo of individual is capable, within the environmenthuman being demands on the where he and his society are steadily is functioning increasing. Wellness – Halbert Dunn, MD, Ph.D
  • 6. Blue Zones: Live Longer, Better Power 9®: Lifestyle Secrets for Living Longer Move Naturally 1. Just Move Right Outlook 2. Purpose Now 3. Down Shift Eat Wisely 4. 80% Rule 5. Plant Slant 6. Wine @ 5 Connect 7. Belong 8. Loved Ones First 9. Right Tribe Dan Buettner – National Geographic
  • 7. Blue Zones: Live Longer, Better Surprisingly, people in Blue Zones areas don’t try to do these things. They exhibit these behaviors naturally because their surroundings encourage them— constantly nudging them toward actions that improve their well-being.
  • 8. Primacy of Place™  Primacy of Place™ represents a community's strategic choice to dedicate its resources toward the improvement of life experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors. - Ball State, Building Better Communities
  • 9. What does PLACE mean to you?
  • 10. Physical Characteristics?
  • 11. Things You Can Do?
  • 12. The People?
  • 13. The Food?
  • 14. The Sights, Sounds and Smells?
  • 15. Placemaking Rethinking Change…it’s not what you do its how you do it Primacy of Place™ Resources
  • 16. Placemaking “[A] multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover their needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place.” – Project for Public Spaces
  • 17. Project for Public Spaces Goal of placemaking – to invite greater interaction between people and to foster healthier, more social, and economically viable communities.   SPACE - a physical description of a location or environment PLACE - an emotional tie to a location or environment
  • 18. 11 Principles of Placemaking 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. The community is the expert You are creating a place, not a design You can’t do it alone They’ll always say, “It can’t be done” You can see a lot just by observing Develop a vision Form supports function Triangulate Start with the petunias Money is not the issue You are never finished – Project for Public Spaces
  • 19. Providing Leadership    Social vs Financial Contract Organizing People Co-production - engaging your community and expanding your reach
  • 20. Financial vs. Social Contracts Culture Change Designing for Generosity Minimizes Contractual Overhead
  • 21. Organizing People Planning vs. Coordination Hire Contribution Contest Financial vs. Social Contracts
  • 22. Co-Production    Professor Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics The design and implementation of a program through collaborative decisions between a client and a service professional For more information: - New Economics Foundation - Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology
  • 23. Maximize the Potential of a Community COMMUNITY WELLBEING AND PRIMACY OF PLACE™ Building Better Communities
  • 24. Ball State Primacy of Place™ Initiative Community Awards Program Conference Extended Knowledge Groups Best Practices Databases
  • 25. Questions? If you are hearing about this concept for the first time, what is your initial reaction? How many of you have placemaking initiatives underway? What are some of the successes you have faced? What are some of the challenges? What can we do to help you take these steps?