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Get Active

Take some time to get active and explore your own community – then report back what you learned.

Grab some friends and head out to experience your own city or community – attend a public concert, ride public transportation, enjoy some local green space – the sky’s the limit! What did you try and how did it feel to connect with your community in that way? Did you find evidence of vibrancy and/or decline during your activity? What did you learn? 

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Runners in Cutlerville, Michigan for Brian Diemer race. Running has become my active social lifestyle. Running communities in West Michigan like runGR.com have brought many people from diverse background to intimately explore cities.

Runners in Cutlerville, Michigan for Brian Diemer race. Running has become my active social lifestyle. Running communities in West Michigan like runGR.com have brought many people from diverse background to intimately explore cities.

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An attempted to capture a piece of the many piece's that make up the spirit of Detroit.

An attempted to capture a piece of the many piece's that make up the spirit of Detroit.

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Free exercise (Taichi and Yoga) builds a consistent and healthy image of the community.

Free exercise (Taichi and Yoga) builds a consistent and healthy image of the community.

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Commonstudio has combined seed bomb technology with gumball machines to spread green throughout Los Angeles, and similarly, Guerilla Gardening uses the tagline "Gardening public space with or without permission." Both projects are seeding mischief.

Commonstudio has combined seed bomb technology with gumball machines to spread green throughout Los Angeles, and similarly, Guerilla Gardening uses the tagline "Gardening public space with or without permission." Both projects are seeding mischief.

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Although vibrancy implies movement, sometimes all you need is somewhere to sit. Filling an open, public space with plentiful and inviting seating is a low-cost way to create a place where people want to be and not just move through.

Although vibrancy implies movement, sometimes all you need is somewhere to sit. Filling an open, public space with plentiful and inviting seating is a low-cost way to create a place where people want to be and not just move through.

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I went for a power walk in the sun around the island of Kungsholmen the other day in Stockholm, Sweden and it both made me feel I am alone in nature as well as in a buzzing city together with tons of other people with whom I can simply coexist.

I went for a power walk in the sun around the island of Kungsholmen the other day in Stockholm, Sweden and it both made me feel I am alone in nature as well as in a buzzing city together with tons of other people with whom I can simply coexist.

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I had known about the [Murmur] project for a while, but I finally took a Saturday to stroll around and find the green, ear-shaped signs.  Through my mobile phone, I called the local number on the sign and, for the first time, listened to my city.

I had known about the [Murmur] project for a while, but I finally took a Saturday to stroll around and find the green, ear-shaped signs. Through my mobile phone, I called the local number on the sign and, for the first time, listened to my city.

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Create a collaborative 'tour guide' for recent transplants to your city. It will help everyone explore the city and allow the newbies to feel at home faster. You might even learn something you didn't know!

Create a collaborative 'tour guide' for recent transplants to your city. It will help everyone explore the city and allow the newbies to feel at home faster. You might even learn something you didn't know!

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www.changebyus.com is a place for New Yorkers to put their ideas into action by creating projects and building teams to make our city a better place to live.

www.changebyus.com is a place for New Yorkers to put their ideas into action by creating projects and building teams to make our city a better place to live.

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"Knitta Please is the group of artists who began the "knit graffiti" movement in Houston, Texas in 2005. They are known for wrapping public architecture - lampposts, parking meters, telephone poles, and signage - with knitted or crocheted material"

"Knitta Please is the group of artists who began the "knit graffiti" movement in Houston, Texas in 2005. They are known for wrapping public architecture - lampposts, parking meters, telephone poles, and signage - with knitted or crocheted material"

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Business Plan Contest with Appropriate Technology for East Timor.

Business Plan Contest with Appropriate Technology for East Timor.

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Few mouths ago I attended of design for community workshop in Forli. It was an opportunity for interviewing  and collect interview from other workshop participants.

Few mouths ago I attended of design for community workshop in Forli. It was an opportunity for interviewing and collect interview from other workshop participants.

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The streets of India are filled with vibrancy and most of the retail happens by leveraging local labor. Vendors selling local flavors and skills occupy busy spaces to offer their services at cheap rates, which leverage their sales.

The streets of India are filled with vibrancy and most of the retail happens by leveraging local labor. Vendors selling local flavors and skills occupy busy spaces to offer their services at cheap rates, which leverage their sales.

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In Italy we are street market addictive. In many Italian cities we have markets that sell fresh vegetable, meat, garments and every kind of stuff. In the past craftsmen sold their staff in the market.

In Italy we are street market addictive. In many Italian cities we have markets that sell fresh vegetable, meat, garments and every kind of stuff. In the past craftsmen sold their staff in the market.

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