Showing posts with label #CommunityEmpowerment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #CommunityEmpowerment. Show all posts

Friday, December 29, 2023

🏘️IMSPARK: Community Wealth-Building Models for Economic and Social Justice 🏘️

 🏘️Imagine... Community Wealth-Building Models for Economic and Social Justice 🏘️

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A society where people and communities have more control and ownership over their assets and resources, and where wealth is shared equitably and democratically.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

Theodos, B., Marx, R., & Nunna, T. (2023). Community Wealth-Building Models. Urban Institute. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

This brief explores four innovative models that aim to expand asset ownership and community wealth building for individuals and institutions, especially those who have been historically excluded or marginalized by the mainstream economy. 🤝 models are community land trusts, limited equity cooperatives, social enterprises, and community development financial institutions. The brief describes how these models work, what benefits they offer, and what challenges they face. 🚀 brief also provides examples of successful projects that use these models in different contexts and sectors.🌳 The brief argues that these models can help create more inclusive and sustainable economic development, and empower people and communities to shape their own destiny.


Saturday, December 9, 2023

🎥IMSPARK: Transit Oriented Development: Transforming Hawaii's Future (VIDEO)🎥

Transit-Oriented Development: Transforming Hawaii's Future 🚉

Welcome to a visionary episode of IMSPARK, where we dive into the world of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Join us on a journey envisioning Hawaii's urban landscape in 2030—a landscape transformed into vibrant, walkable, and affordable communities along the rail corridor.

🌐 Source: In this exploration, we draw insights from an article by E. Cristobal (2023, November 23), titled "The Promise of Transit-Oriented Development: How Hong Kong and Singapore Can Inspire Hawaii’s Plans." Read more

💡 What's the Big Deal: TOD is not just urban planning; it's a strategic approach reshaping Hawaii's future. This method integrates public transportation, housing, and amenities in a compact space, offering a multitude of benefits:

  • 🌱 Reducing Traffic Congestion: Embrace a future with less traffic and reduced greenhouse gas emissions as TOD encourages diverse transportation modes.

  • 🏡 Increasing Housing Supply: Imagine more housing options with mixed-income and mixed-use developments near transit stations, making living spaces more inclusive and affordable.

  • 🤝 Enhancing Quality of Life: Envision a Hawaii where everyone, regardless of age or background, enjoys improved access to jobs, education, health care, and recreation.

Join us in this visual exploration of a Hawaii transformed by Transit-Oriented Development. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this episode and others on the Imagine Pacific YouTube channel. Let's shape a more connected and sustainable future together. #TransitOrientedDevelopment #UrbanPlanning #FutureOfHawaii #IMSPARK 🌍

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

🎯IMSPARK: Strengthening and Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act: A Joint Regulatory Initiative🎯

 🎯Imagine... Strengthening and Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Act: A Joint Regulatory Initiative🎯

💡Imagined Endstate:  

Encouraging financial institutions to actively contribute to the growth and well-being of their communities, particularly in low- and moderate-income areas, through expanded access to credit, investment, and banking services. 

📚 Source:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. (2023, October 24). Strengthening and Modernizing Community Reinvestment Act regulations.


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 💥 What's the Big Deal: 

The final rule sets forth several key objectives, including fostering financial inclusion, adapting to technological advancements in banking,🚀 enhancing clarity and consistency in CRA regulations, and tailoring evaluations to the size and type of banks.📜 By promoting engagement with underserved communities and aligning regulations with the digital age, the rule endeavors to make the CRA a potent instrument in addressing disparities in access to financial services. Implementation is staged, with most requirements taking effect on January 1, 2026, and full applicability by January 1, 2027.🌐 This initiative represents a commitment to the enduring mission of the CRA in an evolving financial landscape. 🌈By adapting to the changing landscape of the banking industry, embracing digital banking, and providing clarity in regulations, the rule aspires to create a more inclusive and equitable financial environment.


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

🌊 IMSPARK: Communities Combat Climate Crisis 🌊


Imagine... Collaboratively Empowering Communities to Combat Climate Crisis.

💡Imagined Endstate:

The Kwajalein Atoll Sustainability Laboratory (KASL) presents a groundbreaking vision for combating the climate crisis. Led by a diverse team of scientists, educators, and policymakers, KASL aims to address the pressing challenges faced by vulnerable populations in the Pacific.

🔗 Link:


Rasmussen, Eric & Nakano, Gregg & Kabua, Senator & Hatoum, Alex. (2022). Climate-Focused Field Research within the Kwajalein Atoll Sustainability Laboratory. 465-468.

💥What's the Big Deal:

KASL's holistic approach incorporates integrative design principles and sustainability frameworks. 💪 Its unique focus on Ebeye Island, within the Republic of the Marshall Islands, addresses urgent climate change impacts in low-elevation coastal zones.

Through collaboration between indigenous Marshallese and international experts, KASL embodies radical inclusion, combining local knowledge with cutting-edge research. "The purpose of the laboratory would be to test, in a site led by the Marshallese, those ideas that might help ensure the physical, cultural, linguistic, and economic survival of the Marshallese and other atoll nations throughout the Pacific Basin (KASL, 2022)."

By developing climate-resilient solutions for Ebeye and sharing findings with Pacific Island Nations, KASL can create a model for climate adaptation that harnesses the organic assets of Pacific Communities. 🌍

#KASL, #ClimateAdaptation, #PacificCommunities, #Research #Sustainability, #CommunityEmpowerment, #IMSPARK


🦤 IMSPARK: Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤

 🦤 Imagine... Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤  💡 Imagined Endstate:  In the next 3-5 years, the Pacific region will...