CultureHouse: Turning vacant shops in to thriving pop-up community spaces

CultureHouse is bringing local communities together in the Boston area by turning unused spaces into places to work, play, and make connections. The Boston nonprofit has been occupying vacant shops hosting pop-up events such as game nights, community dinners, conversations, film screenings, and live music in efforts to foster community. CultureHouse aims to be a community living room, for everything from book clubs and brainstorming … Continue reading CultureHouse: Turning vacant shops in to thriving pop-up community spaces

Vía Orgánica: Teaching local farmers in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende how to farm without chemicals and encourage biodiversity

Vía Orgánica – a regenerative farm in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – is on a mission to promote good nutrition through organic agriculture, fair trade, a healthy way of life and protecting the planet. The non-profit organisation, which was established in 2009, not only grows and sells fresh, organic produce to the local community, but it also runs an educational centre, restaurant, weekly street … Continue reading Vía Orgánica: Teaching local farmers in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende how to farm without chemicals and encourage biodiversity

Pocket Parks: New funding announced for community groups to create green spaces

Community groups in the UK wanting to create “pocket parks” in their area for use as children’s play areas, vegetable patches or community events can now bid for funding for green spaces under the government’s “pocket parks” programme. The £1.35 million fund was announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick as part of the UK Government’s plans “to improve the mental and physical health of local … Continue reading Pocket Parks: New funding announced for community groups to create green spaces

Down to Earth: Swansea social enterprise championing wellbeing and learning through sustainable builds

Down to Earth, a Swansea-based social enterprise, is supporting local people to bring about positive change in their lives through sustainability and natural building. Based on the Gower Peninsula, Down to Earth uses traditional and sustainable building methods to offer fully accessible and inclusive commercial construction projects to diverse community groups, particularly from ‘hard to reach’ and disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants on Down to Earth’s training … Continue reading Down to Earth: Swansea social enterprise championing wellbeing and learning through sustainable builds

Ohio-based public library allowing members to borrow a bike for free

Members of an Ohio-based public library are now able to use their library cards to borrow a bike for free. Earlier this year, the Lorain Public Library launched the Go Lorain Bike Share programme to provide more options of active and green transportation to its residents, no matter their income, and to create a safe and supportive community for those who already bike or walk … Continue reading Ohio-based public library allowing members to borrow a bike for free

Depave: Tearing up concrete in cities and transforming them into green spaces

Depave, a Portland-based non-profit, is helping local schools and businesses to transform over-paved areas into lush landscapes to soak up rainwater and help prevent flooding. By tearing up concrete and asphalt in local neighbourhoods, with the help of community groups and volunteers, Depave is replacing areas of concrete jungle with community gardens that bring people together, provide play and learning spaces, provide places to grow food, … Continue reading Depave: Tearing up concrete in cities and transforming them into green spaces

Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike: Nurturing native Hawaiian youth in the Hāna community through hands-on learning

Hāna on the east coast of the Hawaiian island of Maui is home to one of the most isolated communities in the state, where over two-thirds of its population are of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike is providing at-risk youth in Hāna with a way to learn that makes sense to them, builds their self-esteem and shows them they have the power … Continue reading Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike: Nurturing native Hawaiian youth in the Hāna community through hands-on learning