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Nuts and Bolts of Placemaking with Mark Lakeman and Friends
ContainR in Sunyside
Calgary , AB
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Nuts and Bolts of Placemaking with Mark Lakeman and Friends
We are profoundly excited to offer this unique workshop with one of the pioneers of placemaking!

As change makers, activists and solutionaries we recognize the need for sustainability on a local and global level and one might say that the greatest transformation starts right where we are.  

How can we more actively create positive change in our own neighbourhoods?  How can we tap into the resources that are abundant all around us while getting to know each other and openly sharing what we have?  How can we creatively come together to build safe environments where everyone can thrive together?

Join Mark Lakeman and friends on a weekend journey through the nuts and bolts of placemaking.

Mark Lakeman is a visionary when it comes to community building.  With a deep passion for connecting with people and someone who truly cares about the planet, he brings a creative twist to placemaking.  Mark will be joined by one of his Planet Repair partners Mighk Simpson as well as local community experts Alla Guelber, Natalia Zoldak, Lindsay Meads and Kym Chi.

Over one weekend you will enjoy the company of other local leaders while participating in dynamic activities that will help gain a deeper understanding of how we can better engage with our local communities to increase interaction, creativity and cooperation, thus providing resiliency.

This adventure has been designed for individuals or groups who want to make change at a grassroots level with the participation of neighbours and friends and through the deepening of relationships where they live.

Together we will learn:
-The foundations of placemaking
-How to build more functional and creative relationships
-How to more deeply engage with our communities
-How to assess the needs and wants of the neighbourhoods we live in
-To create our own placemaking activities or initiatives
-Ways to overcome and work with City bylaws and ordinances

To close our time together we will put our skills into action and facilitate a public placemaking festival at the ContainR site!

Please come and play with us on this amazing learning experience.

Investment Sliding Scale:
Full Price: $250
Student/ Low Income: $150
Scholarships available
Calgary Dollars accepted for up to 25%
For more information please visit: www.gigglingchitree.com  OR  Contact: kym@gigglingchitree.com

Can't make it for the whole weekend?  Join us for a public talk on July 17th!

Mark Lakeman is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and it's various affiliates such as the The City Repair Project (501(c)3), The Village Building Convergence, and the Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.

Mighk Simpson is a permaculturalist, writter and community organizer whose homebase is the islands in the Salish Sea. He is a co-founder of the Planet Repair Institute.

Kym Chi is a passionate community builder, permaculture educator, artist and healer. Her mission is to offer platforms that connect people with the earth, themselves and their communities.  Kym founded Giggling Chi Tree (www.gigglingchitree.com), worked deeply with The AREA (www.thearea.ca) and now works closely with One Straw Society (www.onestraw.ca)  where she now lives in Roberts Creek, BC.

Alla Guelber is an environmental educator, facilitator and community organizer in Calgary. She is the founder/director of The Meaningful Work Project, a grassroots initiative offering educational programs that help individuals and communities progress toward supporting resilient ecosystems and a thriving local economy.

Natalia Zoldak is an organizer for Great Public Spaces in Calgary. She helped spearhead both the Bow to Bluff  place-making initiative, and the Kensington Community First Garden. Her placemaking work includes building the Cob Tool Shed at the City of Vancouver's Compost Demonstration Garden, which brought people together around its community oven. In her work as a Planner and Urban Designer, she looks for any opportunity to support local agriculture, community and watershed sensitive design.

Lindsay Meads is the Director of reGenerate Design in Calgary.  She is an urban designer, engagement facilitator, permaculture designer and long-time community advocate. Her master's thesis in environmental design explored utilizing grassroots public engagement to foster sustainable regeneration of suburban communities and she has a background in environmental geology, natural building and is the lead organizer of Calgary Seedy Saturday.

This workshop is  presented by City Repair Calgary in partnership with Meaningful Work Project, Giggling Chi Tree, The AREA, Arusha Calgary and the ContainR Permaculture project.


ContainR in Sunyside (View)
940 2nd ave NW
Calgary , AB T2N 0E6


Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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