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New Haven Green – The First Clean Up!

New Haven Green – The First Clean Up

Just Two Hours, You Can Do It! Come Pitch In at the First Clean Up, Feel Good, Meet Exciting People and Help Boost Pride in Our New Haven Green and in Our New Haven Downtown!

bourse.coworking.shared.workspace.new.haven.ctSaturday, April 19, 2014 10:00 AM to Noon

Meet at 10:00 AM Saturday morning outside at the back of the stone church (Trinity Church on the Green) next to Chapel Street, right across from Zinc Restaurant. Look for gathered group of people.

  • Gloves, garbage bags, and misc. pick up tools will be provided.
  • Expert Cleaner-Uppers Will Provide Instruction.
  • Come in work clothes and good spirits. Feel free to bring your own tools, loppers, etc.
  • Refreshment provided.

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CNU/New England – Happy Hour! Apr 2, 6p @ Ordinary

Best Cocktails in New Haven, and Chance to Discover Who & What’s Happening with New Urbanism in New England.

Please Join us for CNU/New England — Happy Hour! on Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:00PM at the Ordinary, 990 Chapel Street, Downtown New Haven.

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Ordinary Bar, 990 Chapel Street, Downtown NHV

CNU/New England – Happy Hour! Come mingle amongst an enthusiastic air motivated to make New England cities  better places to live, like in the picture below. Find out about New Urbanism, Tactical Urbanism, and Lean Urbanism. Get involved, make a difference, feel good about doing the right thing. Encourage life!  CNU/NE

Learn about the upcoming CNU/NE Summit just around the corner, April 10-11 in Sommerville, MA. And the national Congress for the New Urbanism XXII June 4-7 in Buffalo. Or just come and have fun amongst a surprising number of people you may already know.

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CNU/NE Happy Hour, @ Ordinary Bar

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Ordinary Bar
990 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
RSVP affirmatives to: bourse@boursenewhaven.com
or RSVP on Meetup or Facebook
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Ordinary Cocktail

 

Distinguished Speaker Series – Artists at Work (Rescheduled)

ART and the Day Job

(Artists at Work – Rescheduled)

Please Join us for a free Panel Discussion on Monday, February 24th at 5:30PM at the Bourse Co-Working Loft in Downtown New Haven.

 A panel of artists will discuss issues and realities of a making a career as an artist: the pros and cons of freelancing, the hybrid career and more.  Featuringbourse.coworking.shared.workspace.new.haven.ct

  • Colin Benn, violist
  • Gordon Skinner, painter
  • Adele Myers, dancer and choreographer
  • Deborah Freedman, children’s book author and illustrator

The panel will be moderated by Susan Cahan, Associate Dean for the Arts, Yale College.

Distinguished Speaker Series – Panel Discussion

Monday, Feb 24, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Bourse Coworking Loft
839 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
RSVP affirmatives to: bourse@boursenewhaven.com
or RSVP on Meetup or Facebook

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Artists at Work is presented as part of CT at Work.  For more information, visit cthumanities.org/ctatworkbourse_coworking_shared_workspace_new_haven_ct

Distinguished Speaker Series – Artists at Work

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

ART and the Day Job

Please Join us for a free Panel Discussion on Wednesday, February 5th at 5:30PM at the Bourse Co-Working Loft in Downtown New Haven.

 A panel of artists will discuss issues and realities of a making a career as an artist: the pros and cons of freelancing, the hybrid career and more.  Featuring

  • Colin Benn, violist
  • Gordon Skinner, painter
  • Adele Myers, dancer and choreographer
  • Deborah Freedman, children’s book author and illustrator

The panel will be moderated by Susan Cahan, Associate Dean for the Arts, Yale College.

Distinguished Speaker Series – Panel Discussion

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Bourse Coworking Loft
839 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
RSVP affirmatives to: bourse@boursenewhaven.com
or RSVP on Meetup or Facebook

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  Artists at Work is presented as part of CT at Work.  For more information, visit cthumanities.org/ctatwork bourse_coworking_shared_workspace_new_haven_ct

Distinguished Speaker Series – Urban Interventions: A Tactical Urbanism How-to

Bottom Up and Top Down Urban Interventions

Please Join us for a free Tactical Urbanism Workshop on Saturday, February 8th at 3:00PM at the Bourse Co-Working Loft in Downtown New Haven.

How can an inexpensive, short-term project create long-term societal change? Guerilla Wayfinding, Parklets, DIY Crosswalks – these are all examples of an exciting trend in urban placemaking commonly referred to as Tactical Urbanism. This talk will be exceptionally unique. Our two speakers represent the public view from the street AND and the regulatory view from inside city hall: Bottom up AND top down interventions.

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Distinguished Speaker Series

Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Bourse Coworking Loft
839 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
RSVP affirmatives to: bourse@boursenewhaven.com
or RSVP on Meetup or Facebook

 

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 Mike Lydon, Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, will lead an overview alongside Dan Bartman, Senior Planner at the City of Somerville.  The overview of Tactical Urbanism will equip attendees with an understanding of how to plan, fund, and implement projects. Information about how the City of Somerville, and others, have integrated Tactical Urbanism into the municipal project delivery process will also be provided.

Join us to learn about how other communities have used Tactical Urbanism to bring about meaningful change in their cities and towns, and to inspire the practice in the Elm City.

We encourage all attendees to review the Tactical Urbanism Guidebook (Volume I and Volume II) before attending. This event is free and open to all.

For those who haven’t seen this article yet, simply slide the images in the article left and right to see how Tactical Urbanism is applied across New York City. The impacts of safety and livability have been nothing short of profound.

 http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/67137

Speaker Bios

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Dan Bartman

Dan Bartman, Senior Planner at the City of Somerville, and co-Author of “Tactical Urbanism“, addressed both top-down and bottom-up tactical interventions. Dan’s talk will highlight crowd-funding (as well as crowd-lending and crowd-investing) as a key tool for implementing urban interventions on any scale.

 

 

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Mike Lydon

Mike Lydon is a Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, and an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for livable cities. Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009. Mike is also the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 and Vol.2.  Mike is also currently writing a full-length book about Tactical Urbanism, to be published by Island Press in the spring/summer of 2014.

Distinguished Speaker Series – Rod Stevens

Please Join Us 12/23/13 Noon for a Stimulating and Timely Talk by Rod Stevens:

A Hands-On, Do-It-Yourself Approach to Business and Economic Development for the Rest of Us. 

How we can use place-making and the passions and interests of the people already living here to create a living economy for the 21st Century. Making it local.

The lean economy. Solve local problems, locally, through distributed making that leverages local stranded assets and kickstarted rusty skills.

 

Distinguished Speaker Series

Monday, Dec 23, 2013, 12:00 Noon

The Bourse Coworking Loft

839 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06510

RSVP affirmatives to: bourse@boursenewhaven.com

or RSVP on Meetup or Facebook

Speaker: Rod Stevens

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Rod Stevens

Rod Stevens is an expert in business intelligence and strategy, specializing in planning for place-based ventures. He will contrast top-down, large-scale, flavor-of-the-month approaches to urban revitalization with bottoms-up, entrepreneurial businesses that are rebuilding the economies of their communities through the passions and distinctive skills of local residents.  He will profile a handful of companies that have combined craft and modern, computer-driven technology to become “economic gazelles” in their communities, blurring the lines between white-collar, blue-collar and technical jobs.  He’ll also cite several places around the U.S., including Berkeley, Culver City, Portland, Port Townsend and Asheville that have successfully grown economic clusters built both on long-standing industries and the modern renaissance of craft.  And finally, he’ll bring it on home to New Haven’s own prospects, both downtown and in the Fairhaven district, building on the recent “Mill River” report and what individuals can do to participate in these business changes.

With 25 years experience, Rod is the Principal at Spinnaker Strategies, a Real Estate and finance consulting firm in Bainbridge Island, WA. Rod graduated from Stanford University (BA in History) and from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business (M.B.A., General Management), where he was recognized as a Tuck Scholar for academic achievement.

Read related writings by Rod Stevens Here and Here.

Currently, start-ups are dominated by tech, for the most part coders writing apps for Smart Phones and Tablets. Business plans for such apps aim primarily to draw people navigating the internet to click ads, the main revenue source.

But there are alternative venues for start-ups. According to Nicco Mele’s The End of Big, venues can be found by mining local resources and former industries. Former industries may lay fallow, but they still hold spacious and sturdy quarters, expensive equipment and access to skills, for which business plans can shift their aim from clicking ads toward making things.

By leveraging cheap space, regenerated assets and recaptured skills, start-ups require almost no capital investment. Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding allow start-ups to combine diffuse but valuable assets and stranded skills to solve local problems, locally, through distributed making. Come hear more about this stimulating and timely topic.

Here are some lean examples of making it by leveraging local stranded assets and skills:

Oakland developer plans incubator for hardware startups

Sachiko Yoshitsugu

Intern-San Francisco Business Times

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Crucible in Oakland, California

A Bay Area developer is working to create an incubator for hardware startups in West Oakland, a blighted, industrial neighborhood where the city hopes to boost jobs and investment.

Lightner Property Group plans to convert a former two-acre steel fabrication facility at 3250 Hollis St. into a shared machine shop with a large outdoor space and a brewery and restaurant component that might be run by Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery. The idea is to encourage innovation by setting up an affordable place for engineering professionals and early stage startups to share resources, collaborate and develop their products.

“There are so many players in the mix when you’re a manufacturer,” said Bill Lightner, CEO and President at San Francisco-based Lightner Property Group, which is calling the project Hollis Works. “They need to collaborate and find a place to work together, but the cost of maintaining a site is still very high.”

City officials are taking steps to encourage projects such as Hollis Works that help small businesses get off the ground as a way to spur investment and economic growth in neighborhoods such as West Oakland. The city’s relatively affordable rents, maker culture, large industrial space and existing manufacturing infrastructure make it an ideal place for hardware startups to find their place. (See related stories in our Nov. 29 print publication,Oakland Structures, about the city’s entrepreneur infrastructure.)

The project planners want to attract a mix of individuals and companies ranging from one up to 12 employees in fields such as small robotics or biotech. To get their ideas off the ground hardware startups need a place to store and work on projects with access to large and often expensive machinery. Many of these companies have been priced out of San Francisco where there is little space for shops.

Lightner is talking with Linden Street Brewery to lease space across from the shop. The brewery is expanding at its current facility and is looking for additional space for some of its equipment where it could also hold events.

“What excites me is the outdoor space between the buildings,” said Adam Lamoreaux, owner of Linden Street Brewery. “We do a lot of events and fundraisers in our parking lot right now. I like the idea of having a space where we could reach out to the community and wouldn’t be stepping on other people’s toes.”

City officials said the project is in line with the city’s economic development goals. West Oakland is a high priority area for new investment and ideal for this kind of project. The neighborhood’s vacant buildings provide opportunities for growth.

“This is the exact kind of business we want to grow in Oakland,” said Rachel Flynn, director of the Oakland Planning Department. “It spurs new investment when people are inventing things.”

Lightner Property Group filed a pre-application for the Hollis Works plan over the summer and said the goal is to open the project by the end of 2014.

“I think it’s smart,” said Jose Corona the CEO of Inner City Advisors, a consulting firm for small businesses.“If you get a bunch of small manufacturing companies together in one location with the services they all need, you can build economies of scale and collectively work together to get better pricing.”

Sachiko Yoshitsugu is an editorial intern at the San Francisco Business Times.

Another example of solving local problems, locally, through distributed making is auto manufacturing. Distributed making means that many, sometimes tens, sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands of small independent industries crowdsource into one product.
Local Motors is one of over 400 auto manufacturers, which have sprung up recently and of which you’ve probably never heard. They are a phenomena of the internet, which, as Nicco Mele argues in The End of Big, makes David the new Goliath. The internet’s ability to crowdsource is why local “making” might be more than possible. It’s already on us:
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Local Motors Factory

Local Motors

The Local Motors approach is not mass manufacturing and selling. Its 3.0 approach is to have a light weight chassis upon which carbon-fiber bodies are placed. This work is done in “micro-factories,” which are to be located in communities across the country (thus, the name of the company): “All cars are assembled, tested for quality, and sold locally by a 20-person business unit at a facility with a 1/100th the capital of today’s auto plants.” Given that an auto plant can cost on the order of $1-billion, we’re guessing it might be significantly less than 1/100th.

LOCAL MOTORS VALUES

Community

Drive community engagement above all else. Ensure open dialogue and transparency with community members in order to facilitate innovation and empower the individual maker.

Local

Engage and empower global communities of designers, engineers, fabricators and automotive enthusiasts to solve local problems, locally, through distributed making.

Open

Foster open collaboration in order to drive faster, more cost-effective, more thorough product development to drive improved safety and quality.

Sustainable

Make transportation more sustainable globally by empowering maker profitability, defending and advancing the environment, and improving safety and well-being.

Quality

Strive to succeed in the face of failure; meet deadlines regardless of obstacles; exceed expectations in the design, development and distribution of critical tools, services and finished products.

Local Motors is an international community of enthusiasts, designers, engineers, fabricators and experts. They have 56 employees and over 35.8k community members, collaborating on 4.7k designs and 1.0k ideas across 344 projects.

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Local Motors Cruiser

For example, one project, The Local Motors Cruiser, is a modern take on a classic bicycle. It was designed by a member of the Local Motors community, and the first prototypes were built in their Microfactory. It’s a product of true co-creation and vehicle innovation, and investors have the chance to own one of the first models available by taking part in the first-ever Local Motors-sponsored crowdfunding campaign.

Cruiser funding campaign (model for crowdfunding making projects):

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Cruiser Funding Campaign

 

 

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What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Connecticut Small Business

Please join us and Erik Rettig for a special talk and Q&A on the New Healthcare Law and What it Means for Small Business:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

6:00pm

The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft

839 Chapel Street , New Haven CT , 2nd Floor

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Distinguished Speaker Series – Bob Gibbs on Urban Retail

Please Join Us for a Stimulating Talk and Panel Discussion:

Distinguished Speaker Series

Monday, Nov 11, 2013, 5:30PM

The Bourse Coworking Loft

839 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06510

Speaker: Bob Gibbs on Urban Retail

Robert Gibbs is one of the foremost urban retail planners in America. For more than two decades, his expertise has been sought by some of the most respected mayors, renowned architects, and successful real-estate developers in the country. Profiled in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land, Gibbs has, writes The Atlantic Monthly“a commercial sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown-renewal efforts.”

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RSVP:

  • Facebook

  • Meetup

  • …or just e-mail RSVP directly to: bourse@boursenewhaven.com

Thank you.

Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out #5

Join us at the next:

Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out #5

The Bourse, 839 Chapel Street, New Haven

Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00-8:30PM (PBRs!)

At this meeting, we’ll be discussing our newest project idea and making plans to unroll it in the coming weeks.

Join us to get involved in a project that will explore and improve legibility and usability of our local transit system.

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Let’s drop confusion and make transit more public.

ABOUT THIS GROUP:

 “A good city is like a good party. You know it’s working when people stay for much longer than necessary.” – Jan Gehl

From the Inside Out New Haven project, to the Olive Dog Park, to the New Haven Coliseum re-do, to the Farmington Canal Low Line to concepts posted on SeeClickFix, New Haven has a long history of people who spearhead informal, sometimes unsanctioned, DIY projects and plans to improve the city. 

If you:

  • Are familiar with the terms “unsolicited architecture” or “tactical urbanism”
  • Like to imagine what New Haven’s public spaces and sidewalks might look like if you and your neighbors were able to just bring in a couple truckloads of materials and improve them yourself
  • Think that New Haven’s streets and highways can be turned into vibrant places to walk, bike, and meet neighbors

New Haven is home to hundreds of people with a city planning, public art, or city design background. Many more planners (and former planners) move to New Haven each year — some of them come here on a temporary basis due to Yale, others because they permanently resettle here from another city.

Join us at the Unsolicited Architecture and Tactical Urbanism Hang-out to participate in projects that aim to bring together city residents (those with or without planning backgrounds), artists, developers and others who want to re-imagine our city as a more innovative, healthy place.  Hear about some of the projects that have already been happening, bring examples of ideas you’ve come across to share with the group, and prepare to get out in the street and participate in some interventions!

The goal is to exchange ideas on how to collaborate on projects, turn ideas into reality, and transform our city one block at a time.

Some PBRs provided, but please feel free to bring a snack or drink to contribute!

RSVP:

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at English Building, Sep 19, 20, 21 and Sep 26, 27, 28

Come see a terrific play produced and performed by the New Haven Theater Company, right in the midst of the vintage store at the English Building Markets. 839 Chapel Street, New Haven. Sep 19, 20, 21 and Sep 26, 27, 28.

Our Town

By Thornton Wilder

Directed by Steven Scarpa

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Cast and Crew

New Haven Theater Company is proud to present a fresh take on a timeless tale. Join the residents of Grover’s Corner; a small town adrift on the gentle river of time. Joe Crowell’s knee predicts the weather. Mrs. Gibbs dreams of a vacation to Paris. Young Emily and George innocently flirt with each other. Nobody very remarkable has ever come out of there, but in this tapestry of small stories lies a powerful examination of life, family, love and death. Join NHTC as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this American classic that remains just as beautiful, resonant and powerful as ever.

Production Design by Drew Gray; Stage Managed by Mary Tedford

With Rick Beebe, Megan Chenot, Peter Chenot, Donna Glen, Erich Greene, George Kulp, Josie Kulp, Susan Kulp, Margaret Mann, Deena Nicol, Mallory Pellegrino, Christian Shaboo, J. Kevin Smith, Sam Taubl, and Jesse Jo Toth.

Right downstairs from The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft, in the midst of the vintage store in the English Building Markets.

September 19, 20, 21 and September 26, 27, 28

8:00PM to 10:00PM

More info and tickets Here.

 



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New Haven Green – The First Clean Up!
New Haven Green – The First Clean Up

Just Two Hours, You Can Do It! Come Pitch In at the First Clean Up, Feel Good,...

CNU/New England – Happy Hour! Apr 2, 6p @ Ordinary
Best Cocktails in New Haven, and Chance to Discover Who & What’s Happening with New Urbanism in New England. Please Join us for CNU/New England — Happy Hour!...
Distinguished Speaker Series – Artists at Work (Rescheduled)
ART and the Day Job (Artists at Work – Rescheduled) Please Join us for a free Panel Discussion on Monday, February 24th at 5:30PM at the Bourse...