Quickstart Project Updates
Binners' Project Community Cart Pilot:
The Binners’ Project has hired a part-time admin & operation staff for 5 months to help with the cart Phase 1 (Jan-June 2017) and Phase 2 (July 2017-July 2018) planning. Volunteers and staff are now meeting bi-weekly at SFU Radius. The team is working at all three levels: Community Consultations planning, Community partnering, and fundraising for the cart pilot Stage 2.
The Binners' Project received funding via CEDSAC to complete a universal cart design for the Community Cart Pilot. Here are some updates on the project so far:
We are now in the process of organising the next 3 community consultations that will take place on the following dates and place:
These consultations are for community members and by-invitation only (honoraria provided) – please send a request to Davin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anna (email@example.com) if you know someone that would be a good addition to the group. We are especially looking for people that are/have been recently homeless, and aboriginal street artists to complete our group currently made mostly of binners and street vendors.
- March 2 - 5:30pm-8:30pm | Drop in Space at UBC Learning Exchange
- May 15 - 5:30pm-8:30pm | Drop in Space at UBC Learning Exchange
- June 14 - 5:30pm-8:30pm | Drop in Space at UBC Learning Exchange
We haven’t (officially) approached any community organisations or businesses yet, but we will do so in the next couple of months. We are working on a more concrete plan before we start involving other groups for partnership.
Anna is working with a professional fundraiser on a fundraising and communication strategy for the Community Cart pilot. This is an important part of the work until June. The Binners’ Project will need to meet the cart’s funding target by June in order to go-ahead with Year 1 of the pilot. We will be seeking for sponsorships, individual & corporate donations, as well as public funding for this pilot.
Low Income Entrepreneur Needs Assessment Study (LENA Project):
The LENA project, which began a month ago, received funding via CEDSAC and is coordinated by the LEDlab, with staff members Nicole Luongo and Davin Boutang conducting the research. The team is working hard and are well on their way to reaching their goal of speaking to 100 residents and community organizations. Here are some updates on the project so far:
- The LENA community advisory committee meets once a month. The team is excited by the knowledge and insight that the committee members have shared so far.
- The project has primarily focused on the barriers that micro-entrepreneurs might be facing in terms of income generation.
- The study is moving into the solution-based stage of the project, in the next month the team will be conducting a series of focus groups with local micro-entrepreneurs who are using their creativity and resourcefulness to generate income in various ways.
- The project's goal is to complete the month with several concrete ideas for policy interventions and community-based innovations that the team can begin to explore with residents-participants.
- The team is also working on a categorization system of micro-entrepreneurship and will be testing ideas for how they might facilitate better community integration and collaboration among different forms of income generation.