People require touchpoints for connectivity. These touchpoints are imagined here as places within communities that house, support, and or provide services.
In our future world we have conceived of places that are evolutions of existing initiatives and spaces of today. This shows how our paths to impact can shape our physical communities and the sort of infrastructure we need to invest in to support this equitable future.
In our imagined future, Creative Hubs have now been expanded to form Neighbourhood Hubs, which are the cornerstone of every community and provide co-location spaces for citizens, neighbourhood practitioners and council staff to mix and work together, bringing people living in the city and civic leaders / policy makers etc. closer to the neighbourhoods they serve in ways that support relationship building.
Centre for Local Economy
The Centre for Local Economy supports the development of alternative economies that value local peoples’ initiatives, knowledge and skills; creating new forms of economic engagement that explore exchange, new payment methods, subscription models and currencies to increase economic autonomy and build resilience.
With a skilled and funded workforce, new business opportunities and enterprising ideas need a supportive space to find mentorship, test ideas, and pilot projects within the community. Creating a secure space for any kind of citizen to realise their own ideas and have real market access could give way to a whole new market and further economic resilience.
The Learning Centre centralises knowledge and skills access in communities. Roles such as the Community Connector and Mentor help redirect people to the appropriate institutions and organisations so they can continue their pursuit of knowledge. It also creates resilience within communities, providing opportunities to learn new skills that are more responsive to the employment needs within the neighbourhood and the wider city.
The Community Canteen is a place for people to cook and eat together, situated within each neighbourhood. It is run by locals and provides affordable meals made of fresh ingredients from the community growing spaces and farms. As a principal site for spontaneous encounters and relationship building, it actively shapes the local identity.
Next to the Community Canteen, the Community Garden provides an opportunity for people to volunteer; supporting rehabilitation, integration and skills development through growing activities that are accessible and adaptable for all.