Latham St. Commons

We are building a resilient and sustainable ecosystem of people working together to address all of the factors affecting access to good health—social support, health care, education, diet, employment, air and water quality.

Who are the Invisible Participants in a System?

This past Friday at Latham Street, we took a look at the Visible and Invisible actors in a community.  We spent the morning speaking with Pastor Tim from the Center of Life Church in Hazelwood about how a community can change when it is divested from by the city. In the afternoon we took a look around our own back yard where we could make a difference directly.

 

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Friday Feasts with the Night Owl Bakers kicks-off next week.

Friday Feasts are a series of workshops to help our team better understand the current, interconnected “life” problems that many young adults in Pittsburgh face. With so many outside pressures, we believe that in order to change the current landscape, young adults must have an understanding of who they are, and most importantly, where they fit into this new, often confusing narrative. Our goal is to co-create novel learning practices where young adults can experience a fuller and more connected sense of their identity, what they are a part of, and that they are capable of joining the workforce prepared, confident and connected.

We can't thank Bloomfield Garfield Corporation in partnership with Carlow University's, College to Career Pathways Program for supporting our efforts this summer. We can't wait to meet your students and work with them this summer.

A big shout out to New Sun Rising for helping with insurance and advice and all the volunteers helping to run workshops this summer. 

Things get real when:

  1. 18 year olds sign-up for your program with no help from mom.
  2. You have general liability insurance
  3. First aid kit arrives
  4. Compliances (English and Spanish) check! 
  5. Port-a-john arrives.
  6. T-shirt design is in the works.
  7. 8-week plan...ready to be tested and questioned.

Lots of hands make light work.

Thank you to all who came out to help "raise" our innovation pod, paint and build our new vertical planting system. We are humbled by your dedication and willingness to give up a Saturday to help us. 

Exploring alternative "capitals"

Thank you to all the participants who attended our first workshop on exploring news forms of capital. Erica and Alex set the tone by introducing Ethan Rolland's Eight Forms of Capital (financial, social, living, experimental, spiritual, cultural, material, intellectual). Everyone got the chance to created a personal capital map and share back with the group. One participant remarked “This is making me think about how I can live my life differently – but what does it mean to build a better life?”. The evening was filled with great conversations and ideas for building a more connected sense of place. Thanks for a wonderful evening. We will see you soon.

 

 

Good Work Forum

We're looking for like-minded social entrepreneurs willing to share their local knowledge so we can work together to build a more resilient and socially responsible urban economic model from the ground up. Come for a participatory workshop about how entrepreneurs can maximize their impact in the local community.

Thursday, March 09, 2017
6:00pm—8:00pm

Location:
GBBN Architects, Inc.
5411 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206

Space is limited.
Please RSVP.
kristin@lathamstcommons.org

This workshop in partnership with Etsy & Good Work Institute (www.goodworkinstitute.org).

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Nourished by story.

We spent the morning with Justin Lubecki of Ferment Pittsburgh. Humbling to learn from someone who is using the power of good food and story to breaking down social and cultural barriers.

Nice article if you want to learn about Justin's projects: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/Eat-Street/August-2016/Why-These-Pittsburgh-Baked-Bagels-are-Different-and-Better/