I-DEVELOP

 

CREATE A BETTER WORLD, PERSON BY PERSON, AND NEIGHBORHOOD BY NEIGHBORHOOD

I-Develop provides a framework for thinking about neighborhoods and creating the capacity for small and large improvements. We do this through structured conversations and small scale development workshops that help participants strengthen social networks and identify projects that have personal meaning. The Ferguson Library is hosting our first I-Develop Conversation in 2021.

    SMALL SCALE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP MODULES

    Module 1 : Ideas

    When ideas align with personal and collective needs and objectives, they are more likely to take root and thrive. Learn the best ways to brainstorm effectively from the start to choose the right project at the right time.

    Module 2 : Stakeholders

    Stakeholders provide a wealth of information that can help your project succeed. Learn the best practices for engaging and organizing the intelligence gathered from others.

    Module 3 : Project Teams

    How many people do you need on your team? How do you select them and decide who should do what?

    Module 4 : Project Design

    There could be a thousand ways to design a project. How do you choose the design that will be effective and sustainable without exceeding resources?

    Module 5 : Sustainable Measures

    A successful project is a sustainable project. This means outcomes can be measured according to inclusive, ethical, financial, social and environmental standards.

    Module 6 : Bottom Lines

    We strive for a triple bottom line that evaluates the economics of a project and the costs related to the social and natural environment in which the project exists now and in the future.

    Module 7 : Knowledge Management

    At every step in a project, there is information that needs to be organized, analyzed, and shared. Learn the tools and strategies for making the most out of the unique information associated with any project.

    Module 8 : Communication

    Effective fact-based communication is becoming a lost art. It includes the questioning, analysis, story-telling and knowledge creation that protects us from brain-drain and values all experiences. Learn the communication practices that are a foundation for efficient, impactful projects.

    Module 9 : Execution

    Execution matters. Execution excellence is a hallmark of effective leadership and teamwork. It is a result of inspiring management, effective processes and close attention to the the people and objectives we treasure.

    FIND YOUR WHY & BRING IT TO THE TABLE

    Small scale development is about your personal growth, just as much as it is about our community. The process satisfies our need to be healthy, safe, loved, capable and spiritually evolved.

    DO GOOD AND MAKE A PROFIT

    Sustainable projects require profitability, whether it’s a block party, a double dutch competition, or a building renovation, the value of your work and outcomes for stakeholders should be effectively monetized. 

    WHAT IS SMALL SCALE DEVELOPMENT?

    Small scale development is not just about new buildings. It is about developing the places, people, and policies that enable cities to thrive. These development activities can be small and low-cost and large with high investor returns. What they have in common is that they are designed by our neighbors and implemented with sustainable measures of success.

     

    PLACEMAKING

    An approach to planning, constructing and maintaining our beautiful public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on the resources, creativity, and opportunities of a surrounding community, with the vision of making public areas that foster the safety, enjoyment, and well- being of individuals.

     

    ACTIVATING SPACES

    Giving a space a personality or identity that welcomes everyone to enjoy and be satisfied. The goal here is to allow people to use areas organically, naturally, and sustainably to meet their needs and create community. This type of activity includes beautification and art projects, and a variety of community activities, celebrations, and events.

     

    ENABLING LEADERS

    Building communities takes strong and confident leaders. Leaders who connect and understand the strengths of the people working alongside them. An enabling leader encourages others to passionately work and take on an abundance mind-set. This means there is enough for everyone if we create conditions for all to thrive.

     

    Incremental Development

     

    IMPLEMENTING TECHNOLOGY

    Every day comes with a new way. Technology is a part of the future and communities and businesses need to evolve as technology evolves. Technology enables transparency, trust, creativity and sound decision-making.

     

    MENTORING

    Mentoring is essential for community development. Activities require on-the-job training since they are unique to every project, business and neighborhood. Mentors also allow for important information and wisdom to be passed on from generation to generation.

     

    DEVELOPING PROPERTY

    Improving land or buildings to enhance the community. Learning to envision, fund and implement better and inclusive uses for buildings and public spaces.

     

    MANAGING PROJECTS

    Learning to lead a team that can develop skills, communicate effectively, stay on track and achieve sustainable and measureable goals. Effective project management is essential for the success of any development project, large or small.

     

    STORYTELLING

    The only true limit on what you can achieve is your imagination. Let your creativity soar and record the community stories that prevent brain-drain and compel others to dream. Stories move the world.

     

    SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    With the right management and training, small businesses become the foundation of great communities and cities. Starting smaller sooner allows businesses to develop organically with maximum neighborhood support.

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