The New Barn-Raising: How Citizens, Policymakers, and Business Can Sustain Community and Civic Assets
Speakers: Gareth Potts, German Marshall Fund Urban and Regional Policy Fellow, 2012-2013
In this webinar, Dr. Gareth Potts outlines his policy toolkit, "The New Barn-Raising," a guide for how to sustain community and civic assets such as parks, libraries, sports centers, museums, galleries, and theaters. The work draws on his research in Baltimore, Detroit, and the Twin Cities, and from best practices from across the United States. The toolkit offers practical short-term tips for those looking to sustain assets in the face of public spending cuts, and will address wider questions around how assets can be sustained over the long-term, focusing on:
• Awareness: how asset support groups can best make the case for assets continuously and collectively and how the “asset offer” will ideally be innovative and marketed;
• Funding: the many mechanisms available to U.S. local government/voters to support assets, but also the benefits of having wider financial support coming from communities, business, and charitable foundations; and
• Voluntarism —how volunteers can improve the quality and attractiveness of assets while delivering community-building benefits for wider society.