Posts tagged #community building

Folkways at 1 Million Cups

What is Folkways? 

by Joe Burgum

Last week I had the privilege of presenting at Fargo’s 1 Million Cups event about the work that my partner Simone and I lead through our company Folkways. The opportunity to talk about our community-building projects, and the beliefs that have inspired them, allowed us to initiate meaningful conversations about creating the community we want to live in with fellow Fargoans.

For those who were unable to attend the event, I wanted to extend the conversation to you by sharing the essence of the presentation in blog format. Please add your own thoughts and ideas to the comments, or by messaging me directly. 

Posted on October 26, 2016 .

Sudden Park

This summer, the Sudden Park popped up at the former Sahr’s Sudden Service station to activate the Horace Mann Neighborhood with a vibrant public space. Over four months the park has hosted eight public events including a neighborhood block party and a concert. That’s almost 1,000 visitors during public events only, not including everyday park use.

Two of these events were co-hosted alongside property owners, Kilbourne Group, with the goal of gaining critical insights to inform the future of the site. Though the timeline and design are still yet to be determined, we are incredibly grateful for all of the community input that has been given so far, and value these thoughts in the design process. 

Posted on October 24, 2016 and filed under Demonstration.

Sudden Service Design Sprint

During the summer of 2016, the Folkways team completed a 5-day Design Sprint (a fancy term for a brainstorm) to get community input on how to transform an old gas station into an urban park and community event space. It taught us that the biggest challenges require less time—not more—and that you can test anything in one week by building a realistic mock-up.

Day 1: Monday
First things first: we needed a goal: use community-centered design to activate and meaningfully transform the gas station into a beloved location for its neighborhood. We then mapped how you and others will interact with the site to better understand where we might be able to enrich your experience.

Posted on August 1, 2016 and filed under Demonstration.