Project Description

A place to gather local resources

“In the 21st century, the information and services that people rely on to thrive as citizens are rapidly changing, and they need a place to go to find it.” –Localism Manifesto

WE ARE MORE “CONNECTED” THAN EVER BEFORE.

How many times have you walked into a crowded place surrounded by strangers, sat down, and then pulled out your mobile device?

PROXIMITY-BASED CONNECTIONS PROMPTED BY TECHNOLOGY

Human introductions are a difficult social barrier to overcome. Yet, the unfamiliar individuals living side-by-side with us in our communities represent a potentially invaluable, yet untapped, resource. Why? There is currently no unobtrusive way for us to inform each other of our desire to be approached, who we are, or of the reasons why we might want to interact with one another when visiting shared, public spaces.To improve this situation will require not only new enabling technologies but also the creation of public spaces that actively encourage and incentivize this behavior. Make It Work and Beekmarks will pioneer such a space and cultivate this new social norm across Charlotte.

To improve this situation will require not only new enabling technologies but also the creation of public spaces that actively encourage and incentivize this behavior. Make It Work and Beekmarks will pioneer such a space and cultivate this new social norm across Charlotte.

WHY.

Increasing in-person, face-to-face interactions and making helping a habit. No more being afraid to ask for help or rationalizing that it will be better and quicker for you to do it on your own. Making helping a habit will increase Make It Work’s capacity to respond to local needs rapidly and will, in turn, create a network of individuals linked by generosity to solve for individual challenges as a collective whole.

What is localism?

“Localism is grounded in the belief that relationships matter, most. The way we interact with where we live — who we do business with — how we connect with people, other life, the land — all of it matters…. Localism is ultimately about building communities that are healthy, equitable and regenerative — backed by local economies that are stronger and more resilient.”