June Salon: The Barn: A Portland-Raised Building


MotiveSpace’s Next Neighbors Salon is coming up on Friday June 10th, from 4- 6. For this Salon we’ll be back in Daybreak Cohousing’s Common room, located at 2525 North Killingsworth.  This month we’ll be sharing information with interested MotiveSpace friends and partners about the exciting project we’ve been working on this year – “The Barn: A Portland Raised Building.”

The Barn is a nonprofit support center with an interesting twist: the building is being designed as a strong asset building strategy for its occupants, neighbors, and supportive people throughout Portland. Using MotiveSpace’s Community Asset Funds program, the building will transfer the majority of its ownership to the project’s mission driven occupants and stakeholders over the first 7 – 10 years. Even better, the project will reinvest the revenue it generates above expenses back into its occupants – enabling a large fund earmarked for shared service programs, workshops, trainings, community space, and more.  Please join us next Friday for an informal discussion and information session about where we are, where we’re going, and how the Barn project can support you.

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MotiveSpace’s April Salon: reflections and ideas on “What makes Community Spaces Successful?”

Daybreak Community Common HouseWe had a great time and conversation at MotiveSpace’s April Salon! Friends came out from the Rebuilding Center of Our United Villages, TaborSpace community cafe, Kailash EcoVillage, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Aging Artfully Cohousing Group, and a couple dozen other community folks who came by to brainstorm the following list of characteristics that come together to create great, comfortable, and welcoming community spaces. If you weren’t able to make it, email us your ideas, or leave a comment on the website here!

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November Neighbors Salon: Collaborative Consumption in the Built Environment

This month we’ll focus on the movement best called Collaborative Consumption. Rachel Botsman, author of the recently published ‘What’s mine is yours: the Rise of Collaborative Consumption,’ describes the phrase as: “the rapid explosion in swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting being reinvented in ways relevant to the Facebook age.” How will Collaborative Consumption impact the built environment, and how can designers and planners create projects and spaces that encourage and support this trend?
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October Neighbors Salon: Decentralized Neighborhood Planning

MotiveSpace’s next Neighbors Salon is coming up on Friday, October 1 st , from 4:00 – 6:00. For October’s topic we looked for a good segway from the discussion last time- it was wonderful to have everyone engaged and excited to continue the conversation!

This month we’ll hold the space for a conversation on decentralized neighborhood planning.Always focusing on solutions, we’ll talk over tools, technologies, and methods which we can we use to identify a neighborhood’s needs, assets, and plans for future changes.
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Reflections from September Salon: Builders Role in the new Economy

Last month we tried out a new idea: instead of just talking with each other, let’s film brief interviews with the Salon participants. A local filmmaker Alan Rosenblith, whose work focuses on new and innovative forms of economic production, has begun working with MotiveSpace in this capacity.   Alan hopes to profile our work is his latest film entitled Symbionomics, slated for release in mid-2011. It was fun to have him join the conversation and interviewing folks off to the side, and he wants to keep it up for the next few Salons!   Due to some sound issues with the recording last time, the quality didn’t turn out well enough to parse into a short video.   For this time we worked to extract snippets of the thoughts shared, and documented them online. Click here to review people’s ideas!

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September Neighbors Salon: Builders’ Roles in the Changing Economy

The last two years have been challenging times for Portland builders.  Architects, developers, contractors and tradespeople have seen demand for their services slow, and then stop almost entirely.  Compelling project concepts were put on hold; some, thrown by the wayside completely.

Money markets are beginning to loosen up in 2010, and during the past couple of months some Portland builders are returning to work.  The projects moving forward have some interesting characteristics in common. One of themost interesting for MotiveSpace friends is the trend toward people-first, non-speculative development. Many lenders and municipalities are putting non-speculative development clauses in their requirements for support – now more than ever, builders need to know the neighbors, organizations, or tenants they are building for.
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Reflection on July Salon: Bringing the World into the Room

During the July Salon we talked over tools and tricks available to document community conversations, without interrupting their flow or focus. Allison Park of Spark Loft Media came out to help guide the discussion, giving us a great overview of social media tools and tricks which can help.

We had a good scope of member representatives out- community leaders, builders, project captains and activists who ran the gamut between true luddites to saavy and experienced social media connoisseurs. We definitely benefitted from the differences between us, having a lively debate and discussion about the merits and downfalls of different ideas and tools for documenting conversations.
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June Neighbors Salon: Asset Based Community Development & Placemaking: a perfect recipe for Barnraising?

MotiveSpace’s fifth Neighbors Salon is coming up next month on Friday, June 4th from 4:00 – 6:00.

This month we’re holding the space for a discussion on the intersections between Asset Based Community Development and Place Making. We’ll talk high-level about the principles and goals of each, and then opening the conversation to a broad discussion on how the tactics utilized by practitioners in both fields can be combined to their mutual benefit.

In 1993 John Kretzman and John McKnight published Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets. Since that time an Asset Based Approach to community development has had a profound influence on practitioners from academic, public policy, and grassroots organizing circles.
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Learning from Portland’s Cohousing: Background Reading and Considerations

Some of the questions we’ll be talking over at next month’s Salon:

  • What is cohousing– how is it different than a commune, an eco-village, or an intentional community?
  • What dialogue strategies do cohousing groups use, to facilitate group process?  How has the typical
  • What early-stage strategies do cohousing groups use to build trust between members?
  • How can the strategies we learn from Cohousing be applied to non-residential situations?  That is, how can groups learn from cohousing in order to form new food coop, co-working spaces, or other community facilities?
  • What are some specific tools that cohousing groups use to make decisions?
  • How can all Portland neighborhoods be designed to be more like cohousing?
  • What are the pros & cons of senior co-housing projects?
  • Can the cooperative model help lower income folks get into co-housing communities?
  • How many co-housing projects embody the co-op legal model?

Bring your questions and ideas on May 7th!  You can read up on the 6 defining characteristics of Cohousing here.  This information is reprinted from the Cohousing US website at www.cohousing.org/.
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Reflection on June Salon: Asset Based Community Development

MotiveSpace was honored to have Mike Vander Veen join us in June for a discussion on Asset Based Community Development and placeMaking. Mike is a local expert in the Asset Based approach to community development, which emphasizes a focus on the strengths and skills within a community, instead of its needs and deficiencies. We had representatives from over a dozen of the grassroots project teams (Seed Teams) we’ve been working with, and shared a lot of strong ideas about how team members can use the ABCD approach to reach out to their neighbors and supporters.
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