[ Show ]
Support VoyForums
[ Shrink ]
VoyForums Announcement: Programming and providing support for this service has been a labor of love since 1997. We are one of the few services online who values our users' privacy, and have never sold your information. We have even fought hard to defend your privacy in legal cases; however, we've done it with almost no financial support -- paying out of pocket to continue providing the service. Due to the issues imposed on us by advertisers, we also stopped hosting most ads on the forums many years ago. We hope you appreciate our efforts.

Show your support by donating any amount. (Note: We are still technically a for-profit company, so your contribution is not tax-deductible.) PayPal Acct: Feedback:

Donate to VoyForums (PayPal):

10/ 4/23 15:35Login ] [ Contact Forum Admin ] [ Main index ] [ Post a new message ] [ Search | Check update time | Archives: 1[2]34 ]
Subject: Community Living Room to help neighbours meet

chris thomas
[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]
Date Posted: 01/27/07 3:31
Author Host/IP: 222-152-193-176.jetstream.xtra.co.nz/

The Problem:
In many urban settings, condo and aparment building residents hardly know who their immediate neighbours are, much less who lives in their building.

The Social Invention:
Find a currently unoccupied or underused space in your immediate vicinity. With help from your neighbours, renovate it into a public living room with whatever you fancy. Use it as a gathering space for holidays, events, hobbies, politics or just chillin'.

Project Objectives:
To create a more integrated environment in the urban setting, leading to a healthier, more sociable urban culture.

Suggested Methods:
The only way to get this project off the ground is to actively engage others in your apartment building, condo, or other multi-unit housing system. Talking to them in person is usually best, but leaving flyers under doors which explain the project is another option.

Further thoughts:

-I'd like to stress the importance of this being a public space as well, and not wholly exclusive to your immediate local. By starting your own Living Room, and helping others to do the same, a whole network of support can be built.

-What sort of space you choose and its location are entirely dependant on your situation. For example, I live in a building with 12 2-bedroom units, there is a condo next door, some houses across the street and various other multi-unit places in the immediate vicinity. There are also a few shopfronts which seem to be good candidates. Alternatively, the entrance area in my building would be rather suitable as well.

-Your space may require some sort of public calendar as well. A chalk/whiteboard, book, or electronic scheduling system would be invaluable. If everyone can easily see what's coming up, they're more likely to go.

Resources Needed:
At first, just the time and willingness to see your project through, and perhaps a few dollars for copies. In the stages beyond planning, funds will need to be allocated to rent or buy a space, refurbish where necessary and supply desired furnishings and services. Further maintenance costs should not be neglected while finding a suitable location.

Possible funding issues:

- Most urban real estators would be loathe to give up revenue generating property.

- See if some of your immediate neighbours would commit to helping foot a monthly bill initially, and negotiate with real estators for lower fees based on its community impact.

- Alternatively, seek public funding through city council, neighbourhood works projects, or possibly the local parks department.

- Various hurdles may exist, but a small group of committed neighbours can accomplish a lot.

Proposed Timescale:
This project could probably be completed in as little as 2-3 months, but would probably become stale if not signifcantly developed after a year. It may take some time initially to talk to the people who live near you, and to find a space that is really suitable to your needs.

The author wishes to develop this idea further. If you would be interested in getting involved you can comment.

[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]

Post a message:
This forum requires an account to post.
[ Create Account ]
[ Login ]
[ Contact Forum Admin ]

Forum timezone: GMT+10
VF Version: 3.00b, ConfDB:
Before posting please read our privacy policy.
VoyForums(tm) is a Free Service from Voyager Info-Systems.
Copyright © 1998-2019 Voyager Info-Systems. All Rights Reserved.