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WHAT'S HAPPENING

Photo Friday: Thanks Joe!

Written by admin  • February 2, 2018

Joe’s Instagram takeover this week featured photographs and memories from the Old Nortside. Check out all of his photos: www.instagram.com/northsideup.

 

I-81 Project: Comparing the options

Written by admin  • February 1, 2018

In 2017, our team made an easy, clean and fact-based infographic that compares the options relative to the 81 project. It’s recently been updated to include information about the “Orange” option from the independent tunnel study recently completed.

Photo Friday: Instagram Takeover by Joe Russo

Written by admin  • January 26, 2018

This month’s Insta Takeover is by Joe Russo.

Joe is a “Nortsider”, a retired teacher, and an aspiring writer. He’s been a guest contributor to our blog since 2012 (click here to read his posts) and recently went through some of his favorite photographs from his childhood to share with us.

“This is the typewriter I learned to type on. My Mom always had the typewriter set up on the dining room table. She was highly skilled with this tool and in demand for writing about community events, happenings at Our lady of Pompei and neighbors and friends who needed a letter but didn’t have a typewriter. There were no computers in the 1950’s and copies were made with carbon paper.”

Connect with us on Instagram to follow Joe’s photographs over the next week. And if you love taking photos of the Northside send us a message!

Photo Friday: Michael Collins

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 19, 2018

“’We all do better when we all do better.’ It’s the most succinct way to say something I’ve always believed, and my position creates the opportunity to influence that, especially for our neighbors at the margins. My work sits at the intersection of supporting front-line heroes and using the stories heard through that work to influence policy so people can have a chance at success. That I get to do this work with the amazing staff and volunteers I spend my days with is beyond rewarding. We had a coat give-away (in December) when schools were closed for a snow day, and all of our volunteers – all neighbors, many of whom use our services when they need a little help – figured out childcare so they could come in and make sure the give-away was a success. When our volunteers are that invested, it’s incredibly inspiring. Seriously, how cool is it to get paid to do that?” – MICHAEL COLLINS | executive director of Syracuse Northeast Community Center

 

For more reflections by our Steering Committee, click here. Interested in getting involved with the Steering Committee? Send us an email at info@northsideup.org.

Photo Friday: Mark Cass

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 12, 2018

In January of last year, we re-launched Northside UP as a program administered by CenterState CEO’s Economic Inclusion team (link to blog post),  under the guidance of a community-led steering committee and with staff support from Stasya Erickson and Jonathan Link Logan. We’re grateful for the team we’d established in our first year – a committee of dedicated, passionate individuals working collaboratively towards outcome-oriented solutions, rallying around a shared vision for our neighborhood and helping advise projects. We’d like to spend some time highlighting the members that have been part of this journey with us, as well as sharing new faces as they join us over the next few months.

“I’ve always believed in the power of collaboration, but in our increasingly diverse, connected and complex world, I now think it is absolutely fundamental to positive change. Effective neighborhood revitalization can’t be done without true collaboration, which leads to broad resident and business engagement,  identification of synergies, and addressing conflicting interests.” – MARK CASS | executive director of the North Side Learning Center

Interested in getting involved with the Steering Committee? Send us an email at info@northsideup.org.

What We’re Reading

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 3, 2018

“Over the last decade there has been an explosion of interest in collaboration, open innovation, and crowd engagement. Many companies are moving away from a model in which products and services are created through a closed, top-down, expert-biased process and toward open, crowdsourced, user-driven strategies. Nonprofits, philanthropists, and community groups are also embracing cocreation as a response to the challenge of tackling pressing problems in an increasingly complex world.

And yet, while the language of cocreation is en vogue, relatively few organizations are applying cocreative strategies to innovate boldly. We celebrate the solutions resulting from design competitions and open innovation processes, yet few of the results lead to systems change or profoundly shake up what is considered possible. Despite all the rhetoric of cocreation as an important tool for innovation, it appears that the majority of such efforts are doing little to challenge the basic structures of problem-solving. Meanwhile, our world cries out for designs that reimagine the way we do pretty much everything if we are to solve pressing problems like climate change, extreme inequality, and poverty.

After a two-year interdisciplinary research study exploring cocreative design processes in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, we have concluded that only a small percentage of cocreation efforts are actually creating systems-changing solutions aligned with the stated needs and priorities of the participants, let alone with the possibilities for innovation that such approaches offer. We were left wondering why the majority of cocreation endeavors fall short of their promise and potential, so we set out to find an answer.”

Read “Creating Breakout Innovation” in its entirety.

Photo Friday: Bundled and Bright

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 22, 2017

The coffee break at our latest Economic Inclusion staff meeting led us to Brewed Awakening for a quick pick-me-up. Who needs gloves when you have a toasty beverage?

SNCC is Hiring: Director of Operations

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 21, 2017

The Syracuse Northeast Community Center is hiring! The Director of Operations will help develop strategic objectives and program goals with the support of other staff.

Duties will include finance, fund development, personnel, organizational capacity, community relations, advocacy, and board support. Applications are due January 5, 2018 and should be emailed to Michael Collins at mcollins@snccsyr.org.

View the full listing on Idealist.org.

Photo Friday: Well Wishes, Dan!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 15, 2017

Dan started working for us 4.5 years ago as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Program Assistant for Business Development, fresh out of Syracuse University. Since then, he’s grown to lead our business development efforts through Up Start and became Deputy Director under Dominic Robinson. He’s contributed great amounts of energy, laughter, and support to all of us at Economic Inclusion, and we suspect for many in the community at large.

We’re going to miss his playfulness, his dedication to the cause, and his willingness to happily go above and beyond for all of our programs. Join us in wishing him the best of luck as he makes the leap to Detroit!

 

Photo Friday: Nadia’s Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 8, 2017

Thank you, Nadia Ahishakiye, for taking over our Instagram this week and showing us what it’s like to be a seventeen year old living on the Northside! To view all of her photos, visit our Instagram or Facebook.

Do you love taking photos of the Northside? Send us a message and check out all of our Insta Takeovers: www.instagram.com/explore/tags/nsuptakeover

 

 

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