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Neighbor Power Indy 2020

Saturday March 7, 2020, 8am-3pm at Marian University



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Speed Networking (8:35am-9:15am)

Do you want to meet new people?

Register for the Speed Networking Session, which will be held from 8:35-9:15am. You’ll be able to have 10 quick conversations and exchange contact information with other Neighbor Power Indy attendees!

If you have business cards, please bring them to Neighbor Power Indy. If you don’t have cards, your registration packet will include blank cards that you can fill out prior to the start of Speed Networking.

If you do not plan to participate in Speed Networking, you can visit with our vendor and sponsor tables for access to local resources and services.
Session One: Workshops (9:30am-10:30am)

Introduction to Genealogy - Annette M. Johnson, Researcher and Historian - This workshop is for anyone wanting to start their search or redefine their search. In the workshop, we will go over how to: 1) Research information; 2) Research tips; 3) Chart information; and 4) Value your own family history. By the end of the workshop, you will be given the tools necessary to help you start your genealogy research. Happy researching!

Historic Preservation 101 Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) - The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission invites you to come learn about how historic preservation helps build strong places, Indy’s local historic designation process, and what local historic designation can offer communities.

Listening to Our Neighbors: Interviewing for Meaningful Community Development - John Boner Neighborhood Centers - We will discuss the Quality of Life Planning process, how we designed and implemented appreciative interviewing as an engagement tactic, how we analyzed the information collected, how it informed the development of the plan, and what we would change if we were to do it again. We will highlight how the interview process allowed neighbors to convey complex and nuanced ideas and we will share trends identified in neighbor input. This process allowed neighborhood members to directly inform the development of the Quality of Life Plan, build connections with their neighbors, and take ownership of the development of their Quality of Life Plan. Attendees will gain resources to develop their own interviewing process and learn that anyone can analyze qualitative information.

Creating and Discovering your Neighborhood History through the Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Encyclopedia of Indianapolis - Learn about the Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, an official legacy project of the Indianapolis Bicentennial.  Based on a print version published by IU Press in 1994, the Indianapolis Public Library and the Polis Center at IUPUI, along with many of the other major cultural institutions of the city, is creating a rich, dynamic, and interactive tool that not only will offer the opportunity to learn about all facets of the city but also will provide a free, online space for neighborhoods to create and collect their histories using interactive maps, timelines, images, videos, and oral history. This session will involve a discussion of these efforts and encourage you to participate as we build this valuable resource.

Building an Online Community and Neighborhood Brand - Near East Area Renewal - Learn to harness the power of social media to build brand and community for your neighborhood. Participants will learn how to create an Instagram account, Facebook group and page, and Nextdoor accounts to engage with neighbors. You will also learn how to create a community calendar, make engaging posts, and increase engagement & leadership in real life.

Redefining Community Service: The Power of Having an Outward Mindset - ProAct Indy - Through ProAct’s signature youth programs, Kids in Action and Teens in Action, we empower youth to rise as servant leaders in order to address poverty in Indianapolis and create a proactive approach to prevent or reduce future social issues. We do this by arranging service projects and social justice training workshops where local corporations and community members serve and learn side-by-side with youth. In this facilitated workshop, participants will learn how to incorporate best practices learned from ProAct to better cross sectors and improve community engagement strategies in our city: learn about innovative ways to partner and collaborate, and walk away with a potential partner in ProAct to proactively connect people to people. Participants will also receive tools and resources to help them implement an outward mindset within their families, organizations, churches, and community.

Bringing Neighborhood History Alive! – A Story about the First Grandview Addition to the City of Indianapolis - Dolores Wisdom - Presenter shares highlights from a major research effort, examining the history of Monon Yard (formerly Friends & Neighbors) – an area bounded by 25th, 30th, College Avenue and the Monon Trail. Presenter uses excerpts from her 2014 book, What A Grandview!, to demonstrate different ways of presenting information, including use of available imagery resources, and emphasized their helpfulness in telling a neighborhood’s story. She touches on the importance of accurately documenting research conducted, including how source documents created may later be helpful to others, and describes her “free” use of Amazon’s publishing platform to create a final product.

Community Collaboration on the Far Eastside CAFE, Far Eastside Community Council - Learn about all of the amazing projects and events that were made possible through community collaboration on the Far Eastside of Indianapolis. 

Tracking Indianapolis History Through Place Names Steve Campbell - Why is Kessler Blvd. named ”Kessler”?  What is the origin of the names “Broad Ripple,” “Irvington,” and “Ransom Place”?  Who named the White River and Fall Creek? These questions and many more fall under the world of toponymy, the study of “place names” – of streets, schools, parks, neighborhoods and other institutions. Every community has similar origin stories, and they often illustrate a hidden history of an area and its people. This session will explore the history of place names in Indianapolis and Marion County and what it tells us about the evolution of our city.

What Makes a Community a Healthy Community? - Health by Design, Marion County Public Health Department, Top 10 Coalition, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis - Healthy communities are those where healthy choices are the easy, accessible choice. Healthy communities have mixes of affordable housing and commercial uses; workplaces accessible by walking, biking, or public transportation; have access to medical & mental health care, affordable healthy food, and safe and connected places to walk, bike, and play; greenspaces; smoke free spaces; and a connected transit system. The Top 10 coalition, a collective group of partners working to support and build healthy communities in Marion County, will facilitate a collaborative discussion about the components of a healthy community, and how we can all work together to improve the burden of chronic disease in our neighborhoods.

Please select the workshop that you would like to attend:
Session Two: Workshops (10:45am-11:45am)

How to Tell Your Story through Social Media - Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association - During this session, participants will learn how to engage with neighbors through meaningful social media posts and a strong marketing strategy.

Design Futures: Youth-Engaged Community Design RECLAIM Project – Explore hands-on methods and techniques to engage youth in community planning initiatives that address community economic development, complex social ills and neighborhood change, as well as community design challenges. We’ll discuss how adults and youth work together to transform their communities, exploring their goals, roles, challenges, and surprises. This is a fun, hands-on experience that gets your mind working in new ways.

Whoever You Are, Wherever You're From - YOU Count! - Count Me Indy - The 2020 Census begins on March 12 and its results will determine the distribution of Federal funds, how political boundaries are drawn, and provide local businesses and nonprofits important demographical information. Come and learn the facts about the Census and how you can help your neighbors participate safely.

Protecting Indy's Urban Forests – Indiana Forest Alliance - Forests for Indy is a concerted effort to identify, prioritize, and develop strategies to preserve existing tree canopy in Indianapolis. The project relies on mapping criteria from a variety of sources. Our approach is to identify unprotected forests, prioritize among them, and develop preservation strategies for top priority parcels. Through a series of focus groups with community representatives, we have developed a preliminary framework for ranking urban forests. We welcome discussion about preservation strategies and a citizen scientist approach to engage people in collecting data about urban forest ecology and ecosystem services.

Community Engagement: The Engagement before the Engagement - Flanner House - Community engagement comes in many forms. Door to door, surveys, flyers, porch parties and social media have all played a part in making the most out of the tools commonly used today. The work before the engagement is important and comes in different forms: (1) Data that has been collected for many years to help understand a community’s story and (2) the experience of those who live in a community or were raised in a community. Participants will be able to understand a deeper meaning of what engagement means before you start to engage and will leave with some practical examples on how to use data and experience to engage a community.

Celebrate Indianapolis: Our City's Bicentennial Project - Indiana Historical Society - The City of Indianapolis, along with numerous cultural institutions, will be celebrating the city's 200th anniversary throughout 2020-2021. Learn more about the Indiana Historical Society's efforts to collect and build a city archive while developing a bicentennial exhibit and robust menu of events and programming. Participants will learn more about interesting collections, upcoming projects and events, and ways they can be involved in the celebration.  

Neighborhoods in the Spirit & Place Festival! - Spirit & Place, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI - Many Indianapolis neighborhoods have used the Spirit & Place Festival to tell their unique stories and engage citizens in creative discussion and activities that explore the past, showcase the present, and/or envision the future. Learn how you or your organization can participate in the 2020 Spirit & Place Festival, scheduled for November 6-15. The festival will celebrate the theme of ORIGINS providing opportunities for community organizations to develop public events that explore multiple aspects of this theme and the questions it provokes. Participants will get tips, tools and best practices for program design, engaging community partners, and crafting an application to the 2020 Spirit & Place Festival.

Journey through Indy's Transportation History – Department of Metropolitan Development, Division of Planning - In this interactive session, led by the City’s Department of Metropolitan Development, you’ll take a journey through Indy’s transportation past, examining key events that transformed how we move around our city. Along the way, you’ll learn about how transportation impacts our everyday lives, and the changes that are happening to it throughout Indianapolis. Come prepared to take part in some activities and talk with your fellow participants!

The Community's Archive: An Overview of the Indianapolis Special Collections Room - Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Special Collections - This is not India-No-Place! The Indianapolis Special Collections Room through the Indianapolis Public Library collects, preserves and makes accessible our city’s unique and rich history. This collection is available to anyone who wants to learn our history and see our treasures. Come and learn how you can get involved in contributing to the growth and health of one of our city’s important historical resources.

The James Waters Mediation Center and Community Mediation 101Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, James Waters Mediation Center - Come and learn how the new James Waters Mediation Center can help you and your neighbors resolve neighborhood disputes.  You will learn about what Community Mediation is and how you can become a Volunteer Community Mediator with the Waters Mediation Center.  Participants will get to see an actual mediation scenario.

Please select the workshop that you would like to attend:
Session Three: Panel Discussion

Join us for a 2-part panel discussion on the history of community in Indianapolis. Part one features residents sharing stories about the history of their neighborhoods. Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Gore (Martindale-Brightwood)
  • Portia Jackson (Mapleton-Fall Creek)
  • Keith “Wildstyle” Paschall (Riverside)

Part two will be moderated by WISH TV’s Multicultural News Reporter, Katiera Winfrey. Panelists include:

  • Ebony Chappel – Multicultural Community Relations Coordinator at Indiana Donor Network, Radio Host, and Journalist. Former Editor in Chief of Indianapolis Recorder.
  • Paul Diebold – Assistant Director for Preservation Services at Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Former President of Irvington Historical Society.
  • Dr. Sue Hyatt – Department Chair and Professor of Anthropology at IUPUI. Director of the collaborative project, Neighborhood of Saturdays.
  • Connie Waterman – Part Owner of H.A. Waterman Co. Hardware Store. Long-time resident of Five Points.
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