What's Working And What Needs Improvement? Results From Neighbors Gathered From Feb. – June 2017

284 responses from your neighbors reveal that the top three qualities that are working currently are: #1 Diversity (23 votes) #2 Trust Between Neighbors (12 votes) #3 Local Business Development (7 votes). The top three concerns in the community are: #1 Housing Affordability (18 votes) #2 Waste Management (13 votes) #3 Lifting NYers out of Poverty (10 votes).

We believe the potential of neighbors working together on small-scale, creative interventions to commonly shared problems, like waste management, is big. We have designed a process that helps neighbors explore the problem of waste, as well as possible (and creative) solutions to the different issues that are uncovered. Check out out Facebook page and Instagram for details.

Research Results

Results From the CB14 Youth Conference at the Flatbush YMCA

The Youth Conference on March 15 was a hit! I spoke with many bright and focused young people who are interested in both contributing to their community as well as building skills that will help them excel professionally. Check out the results of the professional skills poll and the values poll indicating what young people want to preserve in their neighborhood.

Results from Sunday Feb 26th @ Cortelyou Road Greenmarket

Sunday's Let's Talk About Ditmas and Flatbush table conversation brought up a lot of interesting points, including how city planning affects heavy freight traffic on residential streets, how garbage pick-ups often overlap with school pick-up and drop-off times, how much potential there is to improve one of our greatest assets, our library, and much, much more. Here are the results of you and your neighbors' overall concerns in the neighborhood, with a rough breakdown of the issues into general categories.  Please note, this is the first iteration of D4A's conversation starter. Please leave your feedback in the comments – this is intended to be an ongoing conversation! Join us next week at the Greenmarket, same place, same time, March 5th. and get involved!

Sunday's Let's Talk About Ditmas and Flatbush table conversation brought up a lot of interesting points, including how city planning affects heavy freight traffic on residential streets, how garbage pick-ups often overlap with school pick-up and drop-off times, how much potential there is to improve one of our greatest assets, our library, and much, much more. Here are the results of you and your neighbors' overall concerns in the neighborhood, with a rough breakdown of the issues into general categories. 

Please note, this is the first iteration of D4A's conversation starter. Please leave your feedback in the comments – this is intended to be an ongoing conversation!

Join us next week at the Greenmarket, same place, same time, March 5th. and get involved!

Framework for Building Blocks (working name)

There are three initial phases of this project: Phase 1 |  Research and Community Diagnosis: Design for Agency meets with local organizations to identify areas of interest they are willing to open up to innovative exploration by the greater community. Input from the community is also taken at this time. Phase 2 |  Community Organization: This phase facilitates small groups of community members in a process of discussion and the sourcing and arrangement of resources into actionable ideas that address identified areas of interest. Phase 3 |  Development, Prototyping and Reflection: This phase leads the physical developmentof the action group’s ideas. Small-scale prototypes are implemented, followed by group discussion of what is learned. Those learnings become incorporated into the next implementation until a viable and sustainable outcome is achieved. Partner organization(s) will be invited to regularly sit in on presentations of the various projectphases and iterations to ensure stakeholders are heard throughout the process. A further goal of the Building Blocks project is to work with NYC local government to recognize citizen-led projects and support them via funding, resources, feedback and policy innovation.

There are three initial phases of this project:

Phase 1 |  Research and Community Diagnosis: Design for Agency meets with local organizations to identify areas of interest they are willing to open up to innovative exploration by the greater community. Input from the community is also taken at this time.

Phase 2 |  Community Organization: This phase facilitates small groups of community members in a process of discussion and the sourcing and arrangement of resources into actionable ideas that address identified areas of interest.

Phase 3 |  Development, Prototyping and Reflection: This phase leads the physical developmentof the action group’s ideas. Small-scale prototypes are implemented, followed by group discussion of what is learned. Those learnings become incorporated into the next implementation until a viable and sustainable outcome is achieved. Partner organization(s) will be invited to regularly sit in on presentations of the various projectphases and iterations to ensure stakeholders are heard throughout the process.

A further goal of the Building Blocks project is to work with NYC local government to recognize citizen-led projects and support them via funding, resources, feedback and policy innovation.

First Post!

This blog serves as the documentation, reflection and inspiration for current D4A projects.

With Building Blocks [working name], I will document the framework, community outreach phase(s), stakeholder-discussion phase(s), creative problem solving phase(s), to tackling identified problems phase(s). Feel free to share your feedback!

Building Blocks empowers community members to take a greater role in shaping their communities by collaborating on solutions to problems identified through community organizations and neighbors.

Join us at the Ditmas Park Brooklyn Greenmarket on Cortelyou Road from 9AM-3PM for Design for Agency's first neighborhood pop-up questionnaire. It may be a blizzard, or it may be a balmy 62 degrees, but wear your layers and pack your full-fingered mittens because these days, we must be prepared for anything ;).