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  • 24-May-2018

3 Community Building Steps,

Abstract

I am currently working closely with the Warm Springs Alliance and New Hope in Rose Park. Both are non profits that are committed to saving and remodeling historic buildings. The old Mormon church on 1100 W and 400 N is being renovated into a community center where we can hold anything from business meetings, practitioners one on one sessions with clients, concerts, yoga and all the way back to alcoholics anonymous meetings. The Warm Springs on 800 N and 300 W has recently been saved from a housing complex being built over it and destroying the natural springs. This was the original community center when the pioneers first arrived and was a direct impact on their survival during the first few winter seasons. Also a sacred space to the Native Americans before that.

My dream is to take the property next to my house and create a permaculture forest with possibly some mini houses in the back. This will create a filtration device for all the inversion downtown that we can't see during the summer, but that we still breath regularly. It would also start feeding the homeless within the first year.

I think that these 3 dreams in tandem would create new opportunities for healthy food to be made available to the general public and specifically the homeless. This would build our cities resiliency and break some dependency on large food corporations that do not reinvest into our communities. Also cutting down cost on food and raising monetary frugality.

The hot springs would create a beautiful place where hydrotherapy could be reintroduced to our city. Plus the healing nature of massage as it was known during its origination. The park around the property is also the perfect place for our locals to intermingle and begin to enjoy the sun with each other again.

Finally, I see the New Hope Church as the perfect place for the more business related practices that will help sustain our city, while still offering a place for events and mingling.

All of these will offer more options for individuals to become more independently focused and yet grow dependency and responsibility within and through the community members they connect with. This will succeed in creating a valued middle class, but also create the ties within the community that helps it stabilize and thrive regardless of unexpected events that might cause disorder in a different situation, i.e. natural disasters, lack of produce import, etc.

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

The whole community and tourists.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Self healing, connecting community and

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

The fact that there are 2 non profits already dedicated to 70% of this dream gives me high hopes for success in the future.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Sylvia Nibly has been operating the Warm Springs Alliance for about a year now and has been the driving force for that project. I recently met David Wright who now owns the New Hope Church and has began renovations. I am closely connected with the SLC Air Protectors that have many connections and promote education of permaculture. The Wasatch Community Gardens ran by James Loomis are also a few minutes away and will offer assistance.