New York – WE ACT for Climate Change

New York – WE ACT for Climate Change

Sources: We Act Website https://www.weact.org/whatwedo/areasofwork/climate/
Location New York City_Northern Manhattan
Name WE ACT for Climate Change_Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan
Community Level Urban
Sector Environmental commons
Object The project is part of the Plan for Environmental Justice, and its aim is to use buildings that are owned or controlled by the city to create spaces/community hubs and to help making Harlem a resilient community from the environmental and social pont of view. In those community spaces several groups could meet, build community cohesion and discuss upon the possible uses of the spaces: from the creation of community gardens, to local libraries, to energetic infrastructures and spaces for artistic and cultural expression.
Field Urban
Source We Act, New York City. Sources: Website.
Website http://www.weact.org/climate.

Northern Manhattan

New York – Red Hook Wi Fi

New York – Red Hook Wi Fi

Source: Red Hook Wifi, http://redhookwifi.org/about/
Location Brooklyn_New York City
Name Red Hook Wi Fi
Community Level Neighborhood
Sector Wireless mesh network
Year of beginning 2012
Object In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a wireless mesh network has been created: it’s a technology that allows the realization of an open and accessible internet net at a neighborhood level, already experimented in Italy with the Ninux project, in Greece with Guifi, in Germany with Freifunk and in Greece with Sarantaporo.gr. The Red Hook zone, in Brooklyn borough, suffers from a scarce Internet connection, and the Red Hook Initiative is bornt with the aim of filling this gap, thanks to the cooperation of the group guiding the initiative, of the residents and of the local enterprises.  The aim of the project is the community-led local economic development, and to reach it, several activities with the community and the neighborhood are organized. The initiative provides a 6 months formation program to the neighborhood youth (19-24 years old) in order to transmit them skills connected to digital and cooperative community leadership for a 6 months period, after which a stage in a local enterprise is provided. That’s how Red Hook Initiative Digital Stewards are bornt: they can use those competences to the development of projects and community enterprises
Field Urban
Source Red Hook Wifi, New York City. Source: Website
Website http://redhookwifi.org/about/

new york brooklyn

New York – NYCREIC

New York – NYCREIC

Source: NYCREIC http://nycreic.com/
Location New York City
Name REIC New York Real Estate Development Cooperative
Community Level Urban
Sector Real Estate Cooperative
Year of beginning 2015
N° people involved 350
Object NYCREIC is an alternative real estate investment platform realizing democratic investment mechanisms in order to realize cultural and social spaces for a more equal and sustainable city. NYCREIC provides assistance to communities to collect the capital that is necessary to realize community real estate development projects, that can also provide working spaces for cultural and social enterprises. Between the preliminary requirements for NYCREIC’s investments: the purchased properties have to locate in New York City, the projects have to bring benefits to the community and be meant to facilitate the access to spaces for communities who historically have difficulties in acceding  stable meeting and working spaces. The projects and the proposed purchased have to have a financial sustainability, in order to minimize risks for the cooperative’s members. At last, a legal mechanism preventing the property to be put on market in future, such as a Community Land Trust, has to be provided. Its aim is to create, within 2017, at least a commercial space at affordable prices.
Field Urban
Source NYCREIC, New York City. Source: Website.
Website http://nycreic.com/

new york

Jakarta – Nebengers

Jakarta – Nebengers

Location Jakarta
Name Nebengers
Community Level Local
Sector Car pooling
Year of beginning 2012
Object Andreas Aditya Swasti, 26, established a community on Twitter called Nebengers in December 2011, in order to allow commuters with vacant seats on or in their vehicles to offer rides to those people without cars or bikes who need to travel in the same direction.
Nebengers, derived from the Indonesian word “nebeng” meaning free ride, is what Andreas calls a ‘virtual terminal’. The aim was simple: to help the city reduce its traffic jams by having groups of people traveling together; thereby reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, and also giving people a chance to make new friends. Through their Twitter account @nebengers, people with vacant seats in their vehicles can offer free rides to people, while those looking for transportation to particular destinations can do the same. Nebengers have more than 2,200 registered members on their list, which is available at nebengers.com.
Field Urban
Source Website; articles
Website www.nebengers.com

jakarta

Chicago – Neighborspace

Chicago – Neighborspace

Location Chicago
Name Neighborspace
Community Level Local
Sector Community Land Trust
Year of beginning 2012
Object NeighborSpace is the only nonprofit urban land trust in Chicago that preserves and sustains gardens on behalf of dedicated community groups. They shoulder the responsibilities of property ownership — such as providing basic insurance, access to water, and links to support networks — so that community groups can focus on gardening. NeighborSpace’s mission is to preserve and support the development of community managed gardens and open spaces throughout the City of Chicago. This mission is accomplished by acquiring land on behalf of communities to protect community established and managed gardens from development, supporting the long-term success of these community efforts, and building awareness of how these urban “Edens” contribute to an improved quality of life for residents.

 

Field Urban
Source Website; articles
Website http://neighbor-space.org/

Chicago