Crowd-Resourcing For / By Memphis
Great ideas need resources. Whether you need a little elbow grease or cold hard cash, ioby’s Recipes for Change will provide a series of workshops on the practical skills you need to advance your project.
Bring your ideas to revitalize neighborhoods, banish blight, make healthy foods more accessible to everyone, start new thriving commercial districts, and more. If your idea for Memphis isn’t fully formed, but you want to refine your fundraising skills or learn about important steps in making change in public spaces, please join us.
- Who Should Attend: Memphians with great ideas to make their neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable.
- How to Prepare: Bring your “Track Team” of friends, neighbors or co-workers you plan to work with on your project.
- Still building your team? Good. Bring as many people as you can! It’s helpful to have a diverse team with fundraising, networking, and marketing experience.
IMPORTANT: There are four days of events. The main event is Friday, February. ioby is also hosting workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (descriptions follow). Please register for each event separately by selecting the tickets above. All events are free of charge.
MAIN EVENT: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28
10am - Morning Sessions:
Welcome & Introductions
Intro to ioby & Crowd-Resourcing
12:15pm - Lunch Keynote: Lauren Taylor, Hyde Family Foundation
"Leveraging Your ioby Campaign"
1pm - Afternoon Sessions:
Team Building & Volunteer Coordination
Base-building as Organizing
Making the Most of Events
4pm - Afternoon Keynote: Karen Washington, Urban Farming Activist
"Blight in the South Bronx, Looking Back at the 26 Years of Urban
MAIN EVENT GUEST SPEAKERS: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28
Lunch Keynote: Leveraging Your ioby Campaign
Program Director for Livable Communities
Hyde Family Foundations
Lauren Taylor is the Program Director for Livable Communities at the Hyde Family Foundations. She oversees the Foundations’ grantmaking for Memphis-based initiatives that support a strong urban core where people live, work, and play; connect people via a network of green assets, streetscapes, and transit opportunities; and create thriving neighborhoods through inside out leadership and engagement. Additionally, Lauren manages the Foundations’ grants management department.
Prior to assuming her current position, Lauren developed the Foundations’ Greening Memphis portfolio, which included active, hands-on engagement with various partners and projects. Under this program area, the Foundations approved more than $32 million in grants between 2007 and 2013—all supporting a quality, interconnected green space, park, greenway, trail, and bike lane system in Memphis. Additionally, she served as the Foundations’ Director of Grants Management between 2005 and 2008.
Before joining the Foundations, Lauren worked in development as the Grants and Research Officer at the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA). She currently serves on the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) Board of Commissioners; Mid-South Regional Greenprint Executive Committee; Memphis Grantmakers Forum Steering Committee (and as chair of the Healthy Eating Active Living Affinity Group); Mid-South Greenways Steering Committee/Executive Subcommittee; Overton Park Conservancy Board of Directors; Shelby County Conservation Board; and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Project Board Committee.
Lauren received a BA in Geology from Smith College and has lived in Memphis since 2000, previously residing in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York. She is an avid runner and vegetarian cook, and can often be found riding bikes and playing in Overton Park with her husband, Justin, and two young children.
Urban Farmer and Urban Farming Activist and Physical Therapist
Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life, and has been a resident of the Bronx for over 25 years. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make the Bronx a better place to live. As a community gardener, Karen has worked with neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. As an advocate, she has stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation. As a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, she launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors.
In addition to serving on the ioby Board of Directors, Karen is a Just Food Board member and Just Food Trainer, leading workshops on food growing and food justice to community gardeners all over the city. Karen is also the President of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, a group that was founded to preserve community gardens and on the board of the New York Botanical Gardens. Professionally Karen has been a Physical Therapist for over 30 years, and she continues to balance her professional life with community service. “To grow your own food gives you a sort of power and it gives people dignity. You know exactly what you’re eating because you grew it. It’s good, it’s nourishing and you did this for yourself, your family and your community.”
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25: COMBATING BLIGHT WITH MURAL ART
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26: PERMITS 101. HOW TO FIGURE OUT IF YOU NEED A PERMIT AND HOW TO GET IT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27: ioby accelerator (only open to people with live ioby campaigns)
EVENING WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
TUESDAY EVENING: COMBATING BLIGHT WITH MURAL ART
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm
Name: Siphne A. Sylve, Director of Public Art, UrbanArt Commission
Purpose of Workshop:
Murals are an excellent art genre to beautify places, create local identity and to combat blight in disinvested neighborhoods. The purpose of the workshop is to provide attendees with information on basic mural preparation and installation procedures. The presentation includes guidelines that are designed to help artists and community members determine the three key mural making components. The first segment demonstrates how to properly identify a feasible mural site and how to obtain permission from a property owner. The second portion shows how to select proper mural materials, and finally, we will determine several methods of transferring a mural design onto a mural surface.
Siphne Sylve joined the UrbanArt Commission in September 2009. Ms. Sylve is responsible for coordinating the public art process for delivery of administration services. In addition, Siphne Sylve provides oversight for project budgets and general project management of the design, fabrication and installation of artworks. Her essential tasks include maintaining effective communication relationships with artists, selection committee members, Public Art Oversight Committee members, and project partners throughout the City.
Siphne Sylve heads the UrbanArt Commission’s Public Art Community Outreach Program. She is highly skilled in mural design, project management, and the management of budgets, timelines, and work schedules. She brings to the team an understanding of construction methods and materials, which is invaluable to developing recommendations for artwork selection, addressing maintenance issues.
Siphne Sylve is a native of New Orleans, LA and has lived in Memphis, TN since 2005, where she attended Memphis College of Art, earning a BFA in Illustration and Art History. She has been featured in the Memphis Flyer’s edition of 20<30, which highlighted 20 young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future. She is one-half of the talented indie and renaissance music group, Artistik Approach, whose sound ranges from hip-hop to doo-wop.
WEDNESDAY EVENING: PERMITS 101. HOW TO FIGURE OUT IF YOU NEED A PERMIT AND HOW TO GET IT
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30pm
Name: Toni M. Hayes, Community Resource Coordinator, City of Memphis Office of Community Affairs
Purpose of Workshop:
Local neighborhood and community organizations often have great ideas for local community events but aren’t sure if a permit is required. This session will review information on when some permits are required and how to obtain them within the City of Memphis.
Toni Hayes has an extensive background working for the City of Memphis. With over 14 years of service, Mrs. Hayes has worked within the Divisions of Public Services, Park Services and the Division of Fire Services. Currently as the Community Resource Coordinator for the Office of Community Affairs, Mrs. Hayes helps to engage the neighborhood and community organizations to build stronger communities through city and community partnerships.
THURSDAY EVENING: ioby 202. The ioby Accelerator
Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm
Open to leaders with LIVE ioby campaigns.