Green Mapmakers are connected online with a listserv, LinkedIn group and via Facebook and Twitter, but it's amazing what happens when we meet in person. We could not have these synergetic moments without homestays, air miles and wonderful hosts. Your support helps us amplify the outcomes of these meetings and do more together to empower communities to address sustainability issues and opportunities.
In April, 35 Green Mapmakers & prospective project leaders got together in Malmö Sweden. Hosted by our long-time partners at the City, their regional Nature Classroom network, Oresundklassrummet, and our Canadian partners at the Common Ground Network at University of Victoria, this international ‘collaboratory’ included a great cross-sector mix of participants.We started with a study tour of Malmo’s outstanding urban planning projects at the Western Harbor and Rosengard, followed by a full day of exchange and co-development of new strategies, applications and tools for community-engaged Green Mapmaking.
Exciting outcomes include three new Green Maps established within a week, a new video (still in production), the seeds of a new mapping platform, strengthened university-community partnerships, and more!
While in the region, I also presented at the Living Knowledge Network conference in Copenhagen, which focuses on community engaged research. I met with Nature Classroom leaders, and help strategize on expansion of youth mapping at these centers in both Sweden and Denmark in the coming months.
Green Map System has roots in Copenhagen. It's where the local NYC Green Map project blossomed into a global movement during the United Nations Social Summit in 1995. It was exciting to return the area and contribute to its ever-greener future.
In New York, we're preparing for several events, including a tour, museum discussions and workshop - you can find them on the newsletter linked below or on our GreenMapNYC home page.
We hope you will pitch in here at Global Giving on May 7 - it's a Match Day and your contributions are 50% matched, starting at 9AM EDS. We'll stretch those dollars even further as we move toward the 900 project milestone. We can't do it without you! Thank you!
Happy Lunar Year to our Global Giving donors!
Thanks to your contributions, we have continued to make progress on our efforts to involve communities worldwide in sustainable living through Green Mapmaking.
As we continually create resources for local Green Mapmakers, it’s always a good challenge to predict what they might need. In 2014, we are especially interested in social inclusion and participatory practices that help communities from all over the world connect and share with each other tools and solutions for their unique challenges
Our newest how-to resource is a short video about creating Green Map cycling tours. Designed to encourage more people to use this non-polluting form of transportation, participants also become more informed about important issues. It’s a fun way to help people connect, exchange and improve their community! Check it out in English and Chinese (so far) at the link below.
We based this informational video on our award-winning climate-change related tours. We also have produced a tri-lingual Green Map of Manhattan’s Lower East Side that highlights climate impacts and resiliency resources for residents and visitors of all backgrounds. We will be extending our work in relation to this critical effort this year (follow it on Facebook, linked below).
In our next report, we expect to announce the debut of the new Green Map Mobile Site Collector! For the past few weeks, our office in the East Village has been buzzing with many different languages as our network has contributed Romanian, Spanish, Hebrew, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, Indonesian, Arabic, Thai, Catalan, French and Portuguese. It’s been especially exciting working with the Romanian team leading this new development.
We are looking forward to seeing people of all ages and backgrounds using the Green Map Mobile Site Collector on their phones, tablets and computers. This is all thanks to you: with your generous help we expect to greatly advance our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable community development. Watch for news soon!
Wishing you the best this season!
To our supporters via Global Giving:
We think of you often! Your help means we can work with hundreds of local Green Map teams who work very hard on creating Green Maps that motivate positive change in communities of all scales, across the US and beyond. The presentation linked below tells more of the story – feel free to share it with friends or use it to ignite a new Green Map in your hometown.
You have supported fundamental improvements in our mapping platform which now has 40 countries using it!
Open Green Maps offer a very low cost, highly participative way to share information about each community’s resources for sustainable and resilient living. In 2013, we have been upgrading the underlying infrastructure (including Google Map #3), with improvements to the green site information windows now nearly complete. Excitingly, you are helping us develop a new mobile site collection app – more news about this and 2014 goals soon!
You have supported mapmaker surveys that led to more social media integration too. We produced a guide to help our network promote local, regional and global efforts on free media to reach new audiences. It's one of the newest in our online Tool Center, where all of us can share engagement, criteria setting, outreach and education resources.
With your help we can respond directly to the needs articulated by this diverse network, and work together for a better world.
Thank you again and enjoy the slideshow!
Our best wishes to you.
Hello to all our generous donors!
We've had a very good summer with new projects and new contacts made globally, thanks to your support. Perhaps you have noticed GlobalGiving’s special 100% match of new recurring donations in August – give 4 months in a row and Green Map receives twice as much – follow the link below for details, and thank you!
Summer projects highlights:
A newly released Social Media Guide for Green Mapmakers (and model NYC campaigns on popular platforms). Low cost, fun and effective! This guide has 3 goals – 1) help Mapmakers promote their maps, events and activities to new audiences, 2) provide an in-house template for their volunteers and interns, and 3) link their promotions to the global network's social media. We tested out our guide with a new campaign:
Impacts Month! We’ve been posting stories from our 2009 Impacts book on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook (link below), and gathering new stories to update the book from Baltimore, Cape Town, Curitiba, Geneva, Guangzhou, and Gyeonggi-do with more to come! We aim to release the freshly expanded book in 2013.
Infrastructure Improvements! We have been making important upgrades to the award-winning Open Green Map, our interactive ‘social mapping’ platform, now used in 37 countries to create easily shared, readily updated maps that are open public suggestions, images and viewpoint maps. Once these upgrades ‘go live’ in September, we’ll fill you in on what’s been accomplished and the next phase of this ever-growing platform. Your support makes a crucial difference here!
We have also had fun (serious fun) providing “Adapting to Change” cycling tours and maps highlighting Hurricane Sandy’s impacts and community resilience solutions on NYC’s Lower East Side (see the Facebook page linked below, with both interactive and printed maps – Spanish edition to come!). Open to everyone, our next tour will be September 27. It’s an official NYC Climate Week event and part of 10 Days of Climate Action.
We had a terrific Board Reunion this summer and its 'knock-on effects' keep growing. It was a great season for meaningful, inspiring meetings, and for fabulous interns who did so much to advance our work, locally and globally! Visit our blog at GreenMap.org/news any time for more news.
Share our work on your social media (our Twitter handle is #GreenMap) or send our introductory slideshow (below) to generate interest in starting a new Green Map project!
Impacts Month & GlobalGiving's Match continues through August. We'd like to thank you, and wish you the best as the seasons change.
Hello GlobalGiving Donors!
Wednesday is a special Match day – starting at 9AM EST, your donation will help us accomplish 50% more!
Today, we have good news to share – there’s a brand new way to explore Green Maps!
Got a mobile phone or tablet? Check out GreenMap.org on your browser. Experience this new interactive map on your desktop at http://m.greenmap.org too!
As you explore and zoom in, more sites from the Open Green Map will come into view. Finally, you can explore green sites in relationship to each other while you’re on the go.
Created with the help of a Google-sponsored 24HoursofGood hack day, Green Map’s mobile website is ‘responsive’ - it automatically changes shape to fit your device.
37 countries now use the Open Green Map platform, so our new mobile website is exciting to hundreds of communities worldwide who are announcing it to their audiences now too! Zoom around or tap the top square and type in a different location. If your city’s sites are not on the map, consider leading a new Green Map project.
Next, we are planning to build new iPhone and Android apps with more features, including site collection and the interactive mobile map, but we need your help! Please donate and share this link - http://goto.gg/1965 - with your friends, social media, etc.
On June 12, your donation will be matched! Give this Wednesday at 9AM EST - GlobalGiving’s pool of matching funds will only last a couple hours, so set your clock, please. 50% more! Give $20, we’ll receive $30! Give $100, we’ll receive $150, 50% more up to $1000!
Give this project a running start! Our Open Green Map platform and new ways to explore it - including this mobile website and apps – are continually being improved to support progress toward a sustainable future.
Thank you! Together we can Connect, Inform, Inspire!
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