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Denver Urbanism

DenverUrbanism provides news, ideas, and commentary about urbanism in Denver and advocates a progressive pro-urban agenda for the Mile High City. DenverUrbanism was launched in late 2010 as a companion blog to the DenverInfill website and blog created in 2004 by Ken Schroeppel, an urban planner who lives and works in Downtown Denver (see the Contributors page for Ken’s bio).

nonument 01 - McKeldin Fountain

The story of Baltimore’s McKeldin Fountain is an example of the escalating privatization of public spaces world-wide. In addition to being popular among local workers, tourists and residents from all over the City, the site is at a highly visible intersection in downtown Baltimore. This lead to the Square becoming an important site for protests, including Occupy Baltimore and Peoples Power Assembly. In 2013 the ACLU, on behalf of the Women In Black, won a civil suit naming McKeldin Square a model Free Speech Zone for Baltimore City’s public parks and Inner Habor.

The Tel Aviv Foundation

The Tel Aviv Foundation is a partnership between the Tel Aviv Municipality and donors from Israel and around the world working together to meet the evolving needs of the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo. The Foundation was founded in 1977 and has established more than 820 projects and raised over $750 million worldwide. In doing so, the Foundation touches the lives of more than 500,000 people every year.

I give you food

The idea of the food boxes is not the idea of the association, it has been present in the country for years, but they would have liked to make this initiative available to local people as well. The boxes are 65x59x39 cm cabinets made of plastic with reinforced metal. The cabinet is made of waterproof and UV-protected material. Each box belongs to a volunteer team. The team visits the box several times a day in hot weather or at least once a day, checking the food in it. Volunteers also clean the boxes daily.

Finding opportunities in declining cities

The overarching theme of this good practice is strategic management in the context of long-term decline and stagnation. After local industries closed, the population of Altena (DE) shrank by 43% between 1975 and 2014. Facing diminishing resources and increasingly complex problems, Altena shifted its strategic objectives to focus on controlling decline rather than growth. The municipality adjusted its priorities, working more closely with citizens.

Community Agriculture

They have studied and gathered informationon  the best practice, Hungarian and foreign, for local food supply chains. Through counselling and building networks, we have helped spread  the best practices for local food supply chains, like community supported agriculture (CSAs) or shoppers communities, to help small local communities, empower small farms, and contribute to rural communities' development.

Casserole Club (community food sharing)

Casserole Club helps people share extra portions of home-cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves. Like a local, community-led takeaway, members serve up meals to their neighbours, getting more people cooking fresh food while strengthening local neighbourhood relationships. Casserole Club helps those who are not online to order meals and connect with local people.

Civitas Time Bank

Civitas Foundation for Civil Society started the project "To receive is joy - To give is love" - Setting the Time Bank - a network of voluntary mutual aid financed by the amount of 72,391.80 euros by EEA grants from 2009 to 2014, under the NGOs in Romania, involvement component. The project is in a period of 23 months and has the overall objective of citizens active involvement in community life through voluntary actions in Udvarhely region. They started a website in 2015. Until then 48 community meetings has held to find out people's opinions and suggestions about Time’s Bank System.

Taipei e-Campus digital learning network

Taipei e-Campus program brings together a wide range of flexible self-learning channels. There are uploaded homemade lessons, order-made courses, online materials in which more than 700 certificated trainings are. They established a platform within the program through which users can share knowledge and experiences  with one another. The program operates with a high number of employees and users and with a considerable success.