Last night, Sackville Town Council approved a budget that included financial support for our Commons. The details have yet to be discussed and coordinated, but the Town is going to help us secure a site on which to build. We are far away from breaking sod, but it’s amazing to see an idea that started just over a year ago take on a life of its own (my first post was in October 2005).
For anyone who has not been following this story, here is what our Commons is about, in as few words as I can possibly use at this time.
Our Commons (no official name yet) is a physical space in which we can build our community. It will be outside the official places, such as municipal buildings, schools and churches. Our Commons is neutral ground where all are welcome. Our Commons is based on paid, individual memberships and focused on three areas – culture, environment and entrepreneurship. Members will have shared access to workspace, teaching space, meeting rooms and common areas. This will be an attractive, trusted space in which to have meaningful conversations about what is important for us. The Commons will also offer space to non-profit organisations, giving a focal point for much in our community that is unseen, especially in the environmental and cultural areas.
The lead agency in this project is the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, but the interest of dozens of other organisations and individuals shows that this is an idea whose time has come. Here are some previous posts:
- Some guiding themes for our Commons
- The Queen Street Commons in the national press
- Retrieving from the past
There is also a lens on the commons theme with links to other initiatives, and I’d like to invite everyone to join in the conversation here or elsewhere.