Community-Run Centers

Spaces for community gathering/use that are owned/rented and controlled by the communities that uses them.

[Editor's note: below are three short videos highlighting just few of the growing number of community-owned pubs in the UK.  As detailed in the videos, these community institutions are much more than just a place to drink a pint of beer.]

The Ivy House

The Ivy House website

 

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The cast of characters assembled on vacant lots in Larimer, an East Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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cross-posted from Shareable

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In Ferguson and St. Louis, solidarity economy activists are coming together with social justice advocates to create innovative ways of fighting for justice in their communities. Keywords: MORE, Decarcerate St. Louis, cooperatives, poverty, #BlackLivesMatter
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In this inspiring talk from TEDxDouglas (Isle of Man), Valerie Miller discusses the founding of Mother T—a community center whose objective is to rebuild community, facilitate connection and tackle problems such as loneliness and isolation.  She also highlights how time banks, unlike traditional social service providers, enrolls the help of the people it supports, and focuses on the assets and abilities of community members, rather than their deficits.  Miller argues that this empowering approach has the potential to revitalize community spirit and improve people's lives and relationships.

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David Roach is doing incredibly important work in Oakland with Mo' Better Food, schools, intergenerational learning, farmer's markets, and other things.  He was our incredible improvisational tour guide of Oakland.

 

By Jim Johnson, GEO Collective

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