New Villages On The Map – in Scotland and Belgium

Join our monthly Village-Builders call – contact Mark McKergow at mark@villageinthecity.net for the call link.  Next one is on Wednesday 18 November at 4pm UK time.

Want to be a Start-Up Village – you can! Just complete this very short Google Form and we will be in touch and add you to our map.

Our movement is growing with two new villages on our map!  Willowbrae on the east side of Edinburgh in Scotland is led by Lara Celini, an inspiring village-builder who has been making connections and organising since around 2014.  Lara was the guest on our second call, describing what she’s been doing – it’s well worth a watch.

We also have our first start-up village, led by Anton Stellamans in Winksele, Herent in Belgium (just outside Leuven).  Anton says:

For six years we have organised a get together in our village (Winksele) every other Friday, starting end of July and ending mid September. We simply announce it through 3 blackboards, posted across our village and on 2 village facebook groups. We set up a couple of tables and chairs. From 6:30 am a host is present. The villagers that come bring something to drink and/or eat and everything is shared among the participants. Occasionally someone brings a petanque set along to play with those who feel like it. The number of participants varies from 20 to 50. All generations are present, from babies to 90 year olds. Fascinating to listen to them (the old ones, not the babies). We encourage people to invite their neighbours especially if they moved in recently in our village.

The initiative came from three members of our village committee, which already had a tradition of organising 3 bigger events every year: one is the “Cake on the square” where everybody shares a dessert, the other one is “Together on the streets”, open air bar + street theatre, and the 3rd one is a new year’s drink. 

You can see some of the Winksele summer get-togethers on the right.

Anyone can put your village on the map and join the project!  If it’s just you so far, be a start-up village by completing this very short Google form. If there are already three or more of you, complete this form. We will be moving towards having members only resources and events soon, so it’s a great to time to get involved.

Rousseau Neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska is the second Village In The City!

We are very excited to announce that the Rousseau Neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska is the second official Village In The City!  Village Builder Randy Bretz has been hard at work during the lockdown helping to create community in the streets around his home in a cul-de-sac around two miles south of the centre of Lincoln and close to the Rousseau Elementary School.  Randy started coming out in the evening to applaud key workers and found himself making connections with neighbours. A few short months on they are now nominated as one of the ‘nicest places in America 2020’!  You can read all about the story in this article.

Randy says “I truly believe in the Village in the City philosophy. When we get to know one another more than just drive by and wave, we help each other, we watch out for each other, we accept and understand each other better.”  So well said…

It’s interesting that the Rousseau Neighborhood didn’t exist as a name until Randy got to work.  Sometimes Villages In The City are already established, and sometimes (like here) they are borne from a small initiative that just engages people to see themselves in a new way, and as a new place. You too can Put Your Village On The Map, join Randy and the rest of us in learning, sharing, connecting and supporting each other as we create micro-local communities around the world.

Village In The City is a post-COVID initiative to help you build micro-local communications and communities where YOU live.

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