1to1 - agency of engagement is a nonprofit social enterprise that seeks to positively and systematically shape the way that southern african cities are seen, made & managed - towards a spatially equitable Southern African future. 1to1 works towards this goal through a focus on the systemic development of human-centered and Tactical practices of design, thinking and making that hold the potential to fundamentally address spatial Inequality in our cites: one of the most tangible, yet under addressed legacies of post-apartheid and post-colonial Southern Africa. Despite passing the 20 year mark of political freedom since 1994, the economic and social scars of spatial segregation in South ... read more 1to1 - agency of engagement is a nonprofit social enterprise that seeks to positively and systematically shape the way that southern african cities are seen, made & managed - towards a spatially equitable Southern African future. 1to1 works towards this goal through a focus on the systemic development of human-centered and Tactical practices of design, thinking and making that hold the potential to fundamentally address spatial Inequality in our cites: one of the most tangible, yet under addressed legacies of post-apartheid and post-colonial Southern Africa. Despite passing the 20 year mark of political freedom since 1994, the economic and social scars of spatial segregation in South Africa's cities and rural areas are arguably the most tangible legacy of our past. In the current spatial and development dilemma of South Africa, there is a distinct lack of spatial design practitioners or systemic projects working on these issues at large. This reality exists while less than 5% of buildings built in South Africa are made by professionals, most are built by people of their own neighbourhoods. 1to1 believes that by flooding the built environment with a large scale force of socio-technically skilled grass roots neighborhood makers who can work between different levels of city making, armed with tactical systems of spatial design practice, we can systemically address spatial inequality by changing the way cities in Southern Africa are made from the ground up. As a country we hold a latent social capital waiting to be activated in every neighbourhood in South Africa that, when unleashed, could re-build our cities inclusively from within while provide a system of income and enterprise in a country that faces high levels of unemployment. 1to1 has 3 major initiatives that drive and frame the organisation's operational model. Each initiative supports the other, and all work together to support the delivery of a sustainable social-enterprise model. 1to1 frames its practice under these three initiatives that speak to the overall Theory of Change and Organisational Structure. Each initiative is managed by an Operational Leader or collaboration between Operational Leaders who is responsible for the programmes and subsequent projects. Each Initiative is guided by a Primary Output and is made up of several primary, secondary and tertiary activities. These initiatives are further articulated into several programmes that allow 1to1 to share programmes and projects across it's stakeholder and partner network. Each initiative plays a role in making 1to1 a Sustainable Social Enterprise while still giving space for learning and innovation in the organisation's operational model. This model has been designed to support the delivery and reception of resources to achieve the organisation's Ultimate Goal and vision. The Neighbourhood maker Initiative is the primary delivery mechanism of the organisation's theory of change. It provides a platform to test the learnings from the CPI and the finmings from the JUI. Due to the nature of the initiative it is able to receive social impact grant support. The Critical Practice Initiative hosts the consulting arm of 1to1 and carries smaller projects to bring income from partners, develop practice methods and uses the Nmi network to deliver the project. The CPI is also used to shape the current professions that make cities and side skill this sector. The Just Urbanism Initiative is the vehicle for carrying projects and programmes that are trying to understand and ask research. Disseminate innovative research on south African urbanism. The breakdown of the Initiatives into Programmes allows 1to1 to explain the Ultimate social impact Goal of the organisation in relation to the Projects and share the ideas and values behind larger goal with stakeholders, collaborator project clients/beneficiaries -as it is easier to share and idea than a project. While these programmes are housed under the Initiatives, in practice they sit across initiatives and can be linked through Projects. The idea behind this being that often projects cross multiple Outputs, Typologies, Activities and Income sources/targets. This separation allows for tactical and supportive alignment of resources and time to achieve the Outcomes and measure these while managing the organisation's income as Social-Enterprise. Neighbourhood Designer Programme: seeks to develop a system for South African cities to be designed and understood at the neighbourhood scale through the development of a form of collaborative practice led by local people with local governments. Neighbourhood Builder Programme: seeks to develop a system to support the development of neighbourhood building practice, skills and projects from a grass roots level. Neighbourhood Facilitator Programme: seeks to create an institutional system of engagement between residents and local government towards localised grass roots led development for South Africa.
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