Indianapolis neighborhoods are great places to live, work, worship and raise a family. As our neighborhoods continue to grow and change, we must continually work together to nurture new leaders that step forward, building upon the resources that already exist in each of our communities. Through this work, we are encouraging all of our neighbors to play an active role in designing the future of our community.
How many times have you been a part of a meeting or process that was dull and seemed like you were just there to give consent to what the ‘expert’ has come up with? Did you feel that you were just there to check the “Neighborhood Input” box? As stakeholders in our community, it is up to neighbors to assume the leadership role in developing the roadmap for their community, and to put them into action.
We are all interested in making our neighborhoods, our city, stronger. We want to get to know our neighbors, and work in partnership to design and work toward our goals. In order to ensure a plan that stands the test of time, it is important that as many people as possible who have a stake in our neighborhood, are engaged and at the table, ready to help design that plan.
That’s what this book is about. It’s an easy to follow guidebook full of practical tools to help you and your neighbors organize, as more and more people get excited about the future of our neighborhoods. The lessons, tips, and stories found in this workbook will help you as you work together to envision your neighborhood, and work to achieve that vision.
The goal of this book is not to tell you to "fix" neighborhood problems, but to demonstrate how to recognize the assets, to provide the lessons and to empower our communities so that we can build our communities and neighborhoods for ourselves. As you explore this workbook, you’ll read about neighbors from across this city, connecting with one another and making real, lasting change in their community.