The first annual End of Year Social capped off a brilliant year for Urbanistas Sydney. On the back of the successful relaunch in September it seems that our positive aim of connecting women by supporting ideas, projects and actions and philosophy of #startbystarting is gaining momentum.
The End of Year Social was a great way to celebrate the great things of 2015 with other Urbanistas over a beverage (or 2). It was great to also introduce so many new women into our growing network and continue to diversify Urbanistas in terms of skills, expertise, interests and ideas - all which is what makes Urbanistas work - and start talking about the program for 2016.
We also had the Fantastic Five Urbanistas pitch their ideas and projects which sparked a lot of lively discussion. The ideas and projects pitched were:
Street Libraries: is a new network of free and public book shares that we are trying to get into as many communities as possible. You can make your own or get involved in a makers workshop or just use an old bookshelf you already have. If you would like to get involved and to keep up to date with all things street libraries contact the guys via the website. The next 'Build Yourself a Street Library' workshop is 31 January 2016. Early Bird tickets are available now through Eventbrite.
Jane Jacobs Walk: is a global festival held annually on 6, 7, 8th May. Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs (the original Urbanista). The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours. Bonnie is planning on hosting a walk around Kings Cross for the 2016 festival (so plenty of time to get a group together and lead a walk) and it would be great if others were interested in hosting other walks in different places of Sydney. If you are interested in leading a walk, have an idea for a walk or just want to help out in some way, contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Changing Perceptions: is a photography exhibition idea that changes perceptions through telling the great stories about the migrants and their contribution in our society. I’d also love for this project to activate a space and bring people together. The theme of the photographs is to juxtapose the current frustrations and negative perceptions perpetuated by current government policy (ie. asylum seeker policy; environmental attitudes; democratic expression of citizens) and the media with the positive stories and examples from our local community.
Expertise and things that are needed to turn this idea into a reality are: help defining the project and content ideas that meet the brief; actually taking photos (enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals all welcome) and how best to develop them; figuring out what kind of material to use to mount the photos; and finding an exhibition space. If you are interested, have the specific skills needed or just want to get involved, contact Mariana at email@example.com
Sydney X Rides: is an initiative to get Sydney moving onto bike riding as a lifestyle. We encourage the "no lycra" choose your own style rule but don't discriminate against them. The Sydney X Rides crew want to create a platform that curates themed rides, and events to expose safe routes and journeys. Themes range from food rides, nature rides, social rides, night rides.The help that Jules and Marie are looking for includes information about interesting places, rides in Sydney where we can ride out to. Potential funding for some upkeep of the site and gear.
Information about what prevents people from riding and what we can do to encourage ridership. Doesn't matter if you are an experienced cyclist or someone who's last bike had spokey dokeys, if you are interested and want to get involved check out the website or contact Jules and Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org
CycleHack Sydney: is part of the global CycleHack network that run a design weekend in June each year which focuses on reducing the barriers to cycling through policy, physical, and digital interventions. This year was Sydney's inaugural event, with one of our teams winning Best Global Policy Hack. For 2016, the CycleHack Sydney team are hoping to have an even greater impact. To do this, they would like to build a platform to enable the hacks that result from the event to be further developed and supported after the weekend. The team are looking for suggestions of organisations or individuals that might be interested in mentoring, funding, or providing free working space to teams that want to continue working on their hack after the event. To get involved with the 2016 event or if you just want to know more about CycleHack, contact Jane at https://www.facebook.com/CyclehackSyd/ or go to their website.
Urbanistas is women-led, not women only. We provide a supportive environment for women to pitch and test their ideas, but the delivery of the projects is open to everyone, both Urbanistas and UrbanMistas, who are willing to roll up their sleeves and offer help and support. So if you are interested in any (or all) of the projects pitched, please get in contact and let them know what you can do to help. Alternatively you can contact us here at Urbanistas Sydney and we can put you in touch with the project leaders.
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