The Olympia VBC
The Olympia Village Building Convergence is a 6-day community-wide event where neighbors team up to envision, design and build shared public places. The Oly VBC is powered by an all-volunteer effort and established by partnerships between neighborhoods, schools, organizations, and individuals like you. VBC projects have included: gardens, outdoor classrooms, community kiosks, mosaics, cob benches, water catchment systems, and more. Potential projects are communitydeveloped, available for community use, and developed with the ethic of environmental stewardship. For inspiration on project ideas, check out Portland’s VBC at http://vbc.cityrepair.org/ Some ideas about this space is “who we are” (see PVBC’s for an example), history of VBC, more ways/expansion of “get involved.” For more space, delete the “get involved” banner or make it smaller. Maybe do the “services we provide” The Core Team does this….yada yada
Join or Start a Site Group
Got a project that you’d love take a lead role in manifesting? Find out what it takes to be a core member of a site group. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look our Site Project Worksheet. Volunteer Many hands make light work! We need helpers who are occasionally available to help move materials, flyer, and all the other tasks that go into turning visions into reality. Celebrate Community Gather with neighbors at potlucks and visioning/design workshops throughout the summer and at our finale event at the Love Your Local Fest. Sign-up on our email list to stay updated on pre-VBC events! Share Experience Keep skills alive and thriving by being a lead on a project site or offering your contact information to serve as a resource when design and process questions need answered.
. For churches or schools. the public right of way. and building will involve neighbors and local community members. and ongoing maintenance. We encourage you to reach out to all possible participants. Though we will be available for networking and monthly village meetings. ● The OlyVBC intends to function as a web-weaving.com
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For information on Portland’s Village Building Convergence check out http://vbc. placemaking. For neighborhood projects. Projects on private property will be available for the community to enjoy. including professional designers and builders. Host your initial community dialogue & potluck: Communities that begin the project design process with an open meeting are generally more successful in the long run. ● Neighborhood projects will be located in. ● Project planning. available on their website. you may already have an established process to make announcements like this.
Project Guideines & Agreements ● Projects are founded on developing strong local relationships. and developing our city and bioregion as a network of interconnected Village Centers. so that projects are an expression of the people who live in that place. we encourage you to invite the folks living in at least a 2block radius.
TIMELINE of Participant Responsibilities and Expectations 1. so that volunteers can have fluid and clear guidance while working on the project. social capital and equity. designing.org & City Repair’s Placemaking Guidebook. and volunteers. ecological design. all site groups are responsible for their projects from start to finish. or adjacent to. Designs and plans will be completed before the start of the convergence in August. building. supporting our local economy. which includes fundraising. non-hierarchical organization.cityrepair. We wll do our best to help connect you to available project resources.olyVBC@gmail.
Olympia VBC Site Project Worksheet. time commitment. intersection repair. How do you think each of these individuals will be personally involved (potential role. The final day is the Love Our Local festival. discussion forums. a block party featuring local music. before the next whole group village meeting. food and artisans. lead a work party if needed. Monthly Village Meetings. The Main Event. skills offered. This questionnaire is for neighborhood groups to review and answer together. Describe your general vision for this project. 2. asset mapping. How will your project benefit the neighborhood socially? ecologically? economically? in other ways?
. Groups are strongly encouraged to host at least one community meeting prior to Mid May. May-August (one weekend afternoon per month) Rotating facilitators (from different neighborhood groups) go over their project preparations (in progress). and facilitate fun and creative activities (such as design charrettes.
3.olyVBC@gmail. if possible). Hold Site Meetings : Having a consistent place and time for regular planning meetings is important. 1. addresses.com
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participation is closely tied to the success of your OlyVBC project. )____________________________________
4. role-plays. etc. August 21-26th Work parties will take place during the day at the various Sites.)? Collect names. Evening events will be at a central venue. or possibly multiple venues. etc. What are your group’s diverse experiences with community organized projects? What types of skills do different group members have to offer?
2. Time and location to be determined by individual groups. phone numbers and email addresses of group members. Select a core group of project leaders (at least 3 people. Convene weekly or bimonthly now through-August. 3.
permaculture. and coempowerment.
5. traffic island. and to call in volunteers to help actualize your project during the VBC. ?
9. What are the unique qualities of this area (for example. How does this project involve the variety of different individuals within the neighborhood? i. abilities and life experiences.com
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4. What do you see as the greatest strengths among your community members? Do you or your neighbors have skills in areas such as architecture/design. How would you like involvement/assistance from the OlyVBC organizers in this process? We plan to organize a monthly community gathering for the exchange of ideas. Where is the potential site located? Describe the project site and immediate neighborhood. cultural backgrounds. school. consensus.e. etc. Draw pictures. The more community involved in the creation of the project. Do you have a sense of the costs and needs? How do you intend to fund your project? Do you have support of local businesses. fun. businesses or unusual street configuration)? Describe the current street life. friendship. teaching. sources of materials.olyVBC@gmail. a nearby park. the more the project will reflect the community!
8. Where do you see needing the most support in completing this project? 11. or people skilled at fundraising in your group?
6. Any questions unanswered by the group?
. do some role-playing. To what extent are other neighbors already involved in this vision? Do you already have support from your neighborhood association? Make sure to tap into local ‘human resources’. sing songs to open some creative channels for talking about and understanding your site.
7. building. Do you foresee any potential challenges?
10. People of diverse ages. facilitating.
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APPENDICES ________________________ Potential Project Ideas: Benches Sculptures Alternative energy Murals Art installations with recycled and reclaimed materials Depaving Green roofs Meditation areas Tea houses Water catchment systems Cob structures Solar installations Bioswales Outdoor classrooms Mosaics Permaculture gardens Saunas Community gardens Kiosks Ecological buildings Planterboxes Creative solutions to issues your neighborhood is facing Memorials Park improvement Street painting Community theater Composting toilets Interorganizational community collaborations Bioremediation Orchards Compost systems Covered picnic areas Tree houses Kid play spaces Greenhouses.