Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighborhood Empowerment Network
As you’ve probably seen, we at the NEN have been more than a little busy recently. With my imminent departure for New Orleans, the recent Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp, NENfm’s big launch, and more, it’s been another action-packed month.
Here’s the highlights…
Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp 2010
The NEN was proud to be a partner at this year’sÂ Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp, which featured dozens of speakers, workshops, a resource fair, live jazz, networking, and much more – all on the theme of community building.
We at the NEN were a big part of the action. Pre-event, we captured exclusiveÂ NENfminterviews with many of the event’s speakers, including Craigslist Foundation CEOÂ Lynn Luckow and SF City TreasurerÂ Jose Cisneros.Â
On the day of Boot Camp, I hosted two workshops entitled â€œBuilding Resilient Communities through Multi-Sector Collaboration” and â€œCommunity and Schoolyard Gardensâ€, the former being partly an explanation of the core principles behind the NEN and the latter being a growing area of interest in the Bay Area right now.
Check out the NEN’s Christoph Zepeda’s biggest takeaways from the event inÂ this NEN Blog.
NENfm Joins the Audiowaves
In July, we launched theÂ NENfm podcast. The show interviews the best thinkers and doers in our neighborhoods. Most recently, we were thrilled to interview President Obama’s ex-mentor John McKnight on his thoughts about community-organizing (hear that showÂ here). If John’s advice worked for the President, maybe it’ll work for you!
NENfm is a unique presence in the podcast circuit. Check out theÂ complete list of NENfm shows and check back soon for more.
NENpics: A Feast for the Community’s EyesÂ
A picture can be worth a thousand words, especially when it says something about a neighborhood’s uniqueness or the power of uniting a community through a common project. That’s why we’ve launched the weeklyÂ NENpics. So far, we’ve visited theÂ Excelsior’s blue tower andÂ Sunset Heights’s Moraga Stairs. NENpics updates are every Friday.
The Right Kind of Recovery on NENtv
It’s likely that, sooner or later, San Francisco will experience a major earthquake. And when that happens, only the right kind of recovery will ensure that residents stick around to help get the city back on its feet. In this two-part talk, recorded exclusively forÂ NENtv and part of theÂ NENtalks series, I explain what we need to do now to get ready. Watch part 1 (“the challenge”)Â here and part 2 (“the solution”)Â here.
NEN Kiosk Hits “The Real World”
We’ve been getting so much wonderful feedback about the Blogs, videos, and podcasts here on empowersf.org. At the same time, there’s still a special place in our hearts for something we can hold in our hands.
That’s why we’ve just launched “NEN Kiosk”, our hardcopy newsletter. InÂ this NEN News announcement, Christoph Zepeda, Kiosk’s editor, explains why NEN Kiosk is important. Oh, and a PDF version of the newsletter is included for you web-lovers.
The NEN Heads Out to New OrleansÂ
My visit to post-Katrina New Orleans in 2007 deeply influenced my community work and the ethos I’ve brought to the NEN. So, I’m excitedÂ to head off today back to the Big Easy to speak at the August 26thÂ Resiliency Summit about the NEN model and how we can prepare our cities for external shocks, such as natural events. I’ll beblogging,Â Twittering,Â Facebooking, andÂ recording audio diaries during my five-day stay to bring you the best of the Summit. So check back daily here on empowersf.org for the latest.
But Wait, There’s More…
Of course, I can’t go into detail on everything, so look around empowersf.org and discover, for instance, Potrero Hill’s Annie Shaw’s guide onÂ how to keep volunteers excited about your community project;Â my exploration of Visitacion Valley Greenway, one of SF’s best-kept secrets; and much more.
Thanks for joining us on this month’s edition of NEN Ketchup and I’ll be back in touch soon, all the way from New Orleans.
I’ll see you in the neighborhoods,
Daniel Homsey is Director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.