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Transcript of Beintween
Why are each of us here?
What's everyone's (meaning, rob, erika, ellie, keith, jeff, advisory board) motivation to participate?
What is the lifespan of your imagined involvement?
What are we doing?
What is our vision? What are our visions?
Why is there a beintween in the world?
What would you tell someone else who asked you what beintween is?
there's you there's me, then there's the space between us. we are a group of people who want and need to inhabit that space and explore the cracks, despite the fear and unknown
unused urban spaces into community places using art as the connector
to improve spaces temporarily and permanently, because what is the norm to do what the city would do really sucks, and then to bring people and teach people how to create a beauty space in an unlikely place
our vision is to encourage all people to relate to one another through space
People / social
Change / Transition
Unused / Leftovers
Group or process?
Thing-maker or thing-maker-maker
No consistency between experimentation / improvement
What is making?
5 years from now, you feel like it achieved the vision--what happened?
chipped away at space between us = fewer unused places, divisions between humans are fewer, noticeable change in that; we're using the act of making to build trust in a shared experience that is felt by people, who physically accomplish something with other people; we're paying people to make what they make. improved quality of life in harambee, quality is improved. people are doijng other projects; like creational trails project in seeing milwaukee as network of trails, stuff going on, there are more trails like that. projects are neighbor owned and operated, run by the hood. have inventions that we are building, testing, patenting and disseminating designs and saying let's open source this or sell it
our vision is without us in it. no more imaginary lines in milwaukee. those lines are so real. incubate creative culture capable of bringing all people together to coexist and rethink norms. have a replicable model for urban creative placemaking in MKE, national, international.
we are leaders in urban design, social / public architecture, creative placemakers, we are creators of spaces in unlikely places, facilitate partnerships in neighborhoods, neighborhood catalysts
engaging community, the community that is NOT ours-- why is something we think something they should buy into? what do we know that they don't know? why is what we recommend what they should do? the engagement of community -- let them take the space; help them achieve that. if we can ideate something we aren't finding people to come; we're instigating people to do it themselves; people are doing it on their own. they see the space. our vision of helping others is reciprocal--we're often helping ourselves.
to generate or designate a spatial network, taking them outside of their personal bubbles, create opportunities for dynamic cohesion, nice to have library of personal and physical resources, we've created an ecosystem where people just understood here are all the opportunities, here is what i need to take advantage
We yes the no
Do we get our own 501c3?
Are we a non-profit grant funded?
Are we making the thing, or making the thing that makes the thing?
Are we a 'guerilla org' or an 'institution'?
How do we maintain a feel of being a collective while growing?
Are we incubating things or growing new things? How do we keep consistent structure?
How does the work we do become an institution, how do we learn to predict what that will be?
Are we just catalysts for a park the city will ultimately manage, or are we in it to win it and keep it?
Are we a for-profit company?
Design + Site + Facility
Community + Volunteers
Outreach + PR
Partners & Politics
& Fund Development
Governance & Admin
Ops & Comms
MON + THU
Work Late / Change
Exec comm &
Remove / Change:
People, Time, Money
NOTES and holding area
need help here
Category / type?
What will go wrong?
Who might lead this?
What role will you play?
What support would you need?
Decide to do the project with a formal structure
Built-in regular checks on all projects, and action when projects are late _before_ they are due.
Post update in Flockify
Notify members within Working Group
Lead schedules 50% and 80% deadline check-ins
Lead publishes project info in Flockify
Notify partners / board / team
Consider funding implications, politics
wants to get out of this bucket
At this time, we can't...
Focusing on our mission means saying no, once in a while.. Try again later..