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The Potential of Neighbourhoods _Jim Diers


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PowerPoint presented by Jim Diers during his tour of New Zealand August 2012. Arranged by Inspiring Communities

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The Potential of Neighbourhoods _Jim Diers

  3. 3. Power to Care for the EarthBallard Neighbourhood, Seattle
  4. 4. Power to Prevent CrimeSODO Neighbourhood, Seattle
  5. 5. Power to Care for One Another Wodonga, Australia
  6. 6. Power to Demand Justice London, England
  7. 7. Power of Community: • Care for the Earth • Prevent Crime • Care for One Another • Demand Social Justice • Create Great Places • Emergency Response • Health and Welfare • Happiness • Democracy
  8. 8. YOUR TURN:Share your own story about the power of community
  9. 9. COMMUNITY IN CRISIS Single-purpose land use Increased mobility Longer work days Fear Electronic screens Consumerism Globalization Specialization Professionalization
  10. 10. Ballard Neighbourhood, Seattle, Seattle
  11. 11. Keys to Opening Your Community to Greater Participation
  12. 12. #1 – Have Fun!
  13. 13. Fremont Neighbourhood, Seattle
  14. 14. #2 - Start where people are: ►Their block ►Their language and culture ►Their networks ►Their passions ►Their call
  15. 15. #3 …but don’t leave them there: Strive for Results!
  16. 16. #4 – Don’t sit on your assets:
  17. 17. Every individual has giftsof the head, heart and hands
  18. 18. YOUR TURN: What are your skills,passions & knowledge?
  19. 19. Labeled People: • Homeless • Unemployed • Poor person • Non-English speaking • Single parent • Addict • Offender • Disabled • Old person • At-risk youth
  20. 20. What Young People have to Offer:• Creativity• Time• Energy• Impatience• Greatest stake in the future• Expertise on what young people think
  21. 21. Toppenish, Washington
  23. 23. Every place has:• Gifts of individuals
  24. 24. QUESTION TO PONDER: Whose gifts areunderutilized in your community?
  25. 25. Adelaide, South Australia
  26. 26. Every place has:• Gifts of individuals• Voluntary associations
  27. 27. Individuals share their gifts when they are in association with one another
  28. 28. QUESTION TO PONDER: What are the communityassociations where you live?
  29. 29. Columbia City, Seattle
  30. 30. Every place has:• Gifts of individuals• Voluntary associations• Built and natural environment
  31. 31. QUESTION TO PONDER:Where you live, what are…-the bumping places?-the visible treasures?-the buried treasures?
  32. 32. Riverina, New South Wales
  33. 33. Phinney Neighbourhood, Seattle
  34. 34. Eastlake Neighbourhood, Seattle
  35. 35. White Center, Washington
  36. 36. Every place has:• Gifts of individuals• Voluntary associations• Built and natural environment• Local economy
  37. 37. QUESTION TO PONDER: How could your community assets strengthen your local economyand how could your economy better support your community?
  38. 38. Lake Street, Minneapolis
  39. 39. Yackandandah, Victoria
  40. 40. Every place has:• Gifts of individuals• Voluntary associations• Built and natural environment• Local economy• Culture and identity
  41. 41. QUESTION TO PONDER:-What is the unique identityof your community?-What are your cultural andhistorical assets?
  42. 42. Eritrean Community
  43. 43. Every place has:• Gifts of individuals• Voluntary associations• Built and natural environment• Local economy• Culture and identity• Local agencies
  45. 45. QUESTION TO PONDER: What are the underutilized assets of agencies where you live?
  46. 46. Columbia School, Seattle
  47. 47. QUESTION TO DISCUSS: What could you accomplish by mobilizing community resources?
  49. 49. Do No Harm:• Don’t distract the community from its own priorities.• Don’t force the community into the bureaucracy’s silos.• Don’t take people’s time without showing results.• Don’t make the community dependent.• Don’t undermine the community. Follow the Iron Rule.
  50. 50. Remove Agency Barriersto Partnership:• Centralized decision making• Cookie cutter programs and regulations• Inaccessibility (location, language, hours, runaround)• Bureaucratic red tape• Know-it-all attitude
  51. 51. Build Community Capacity:• Offer leadership training• Assist with outreach tools like translation• Work with associations of all types• Provide forums for networking• Offer non-meeting options for engagement• Share stories of successful communities• Highlight community strengths• Move beyond citizen participation to community empowerment
  52. 52. Department of
  54. 54. Move from Siloed Thinking
  55. 55. To Holistic Approaches
  56. 56. Little City Halls and Coordinators
  57. 57. Move from Starting with Needs
  58. 58. To Starting with Strengths
  59. 59. Neighbourhood Matching Fund
  60. 60. What makes Matching Fund unique?• Community matches with its assets, including volunteer labour• Community determines priorities• One time projects only• Any group of neighbours can apply• Proposals reviewed by peers• Quantity and diversity of participation key to selection and evaluation
  61. 61. High Point Neighbourhood
  62. 62. Alki Neighbourhood
  63. 63. Carkeek Park
  64. 64. Alki Neighbourhood
  65. 65. Duwamish Tribe
  66. 66. International District
  67. 67. Keys to Success• Ownership by community• Outreach beyond usual suspects• Volunteer match• Small amounts of money• Training and technical assistance• Minimal red-tape and paperwork• Support by the council as a whole• Sharing of stories
  68. 68. Move from Top-Down
  69. 69. To Community-Driven
  70. 70. Neighbourhood Planning
  71. 71. Keys to Neighbourhood Planning• Comprehensive plan provides framework• Community initiates the planning• Community engagement must be broad and inclusive• City provides funding & technical assistance• Community hires its own planning expertise• Community defines its own scope of work• Community drives plan throughout process
  72. 72. Delridge
  73. 73. Value of community-driven planning:• Implementation happens – plans don’t sit onthe shelf• Resources are multiplied – governmentresources leverage community’s• Appropriate development occurs –respecting unique character of neighbourhoodand culture of community• More holistic and innovative solutions result• A stronger sense of community is built
  74. 74. QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS-What are local agencies doingto move towards more place-based,strengths-focused, community-ledways of working?-What more could they do?
  76. 76. Learning Conversations CREDENTIAL WARM UP TALK MOTIVATION TO ACT ● Gifts/talents to contribute ● Dreams to realize● Concerns/needs to address WILL THEY PARTICIPATE?WHO ELSE DO THEY KNOW?
  77. 77. VisioningKing County Senior Services
  78. 78. Photos of Central Area Gathering by Max Wells
  79. 79. Actions from Initial Gatherings Neighborhood walking map Planning for senior co-housing Gay/lesbian community projectsA one-stop lifelong learning website
  80. 80. Peppi’s Woods Maintenance Project
  81. 81. Time bank from Shoreline to Edmonds
  82. 82. Intergenerational, multicultural dance party
  83. 83. Summit
  84. 84. Open Space TechnologyHigh Point Neighbourhood, Seattle
  85. 85. Time Banking
  86. 86. Timebank UK
  87. 87. Tea VansPortland, Oregon
  88. 88. Edmonton, Alberta
  89. 89. WelcomingWaterloo, Ontario
  90. 90. Melbourne, Victoria
  91. 91. Big Lunch, UK
  92. 92. Vashon, Washington
  93. 93. WELCOME VASHON PROJECTS Restorative Justice Program Amigos en Vashon Ferry Dock Welcoming Signs Challenge Day at Vashon High School Checkers in Town Breakfast at Sally’s Cross-Ability Friendship for Students Stone Soup Welcome Wagon Hire Vashon Time Bank Homesharing Create Community Center Establish Free Clinic The Wave Campaign
  94. 94. Port Phillip, Australia
  95. 95. QUESTION TO DISCUSS:What ideas from thisworkshop do you plan to implement?
  96. 96.