Welcome to the CityCrafting Solutions blog, co-sponsored by CityCraft Community Partners, The CityCraft Foundation, and Solutions Journal.  This new blog represents our desire to build sustainable, equitable and resilient human habitat by featuring a way of practice in restoring communities developed over three generations that we call “CityCrafting.” Rapid urbanization, climate change, income and asset inequality, social isolation and the disintegration of the social contract have combined to create very real consequences, especially for the most vulnerable among us. We are committed to advancing our understanding and implementation of the regenerative principles needed to build flourishing, inclusive communities. Our blog will regularly feature our principals within CityCraft on a rotating weekly basis and will also bring in scholars, practitioners, thought leaders and others engaged in defining, implementing, and evaluating regenerative designs, processes and outcomes. 

In addition, we also want to actively engage you, our reader.  Please respond to our blog entries and join the conversation to advance our thinking and practice.  We welcome candid conversation and constructive criticism, but this is not the place for ad hominem attacks or trolling, and we reserve the right to remove comments or block participants who do not engage in respectful dialogue. 

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Enduring Curiosity Podcast

The Enduring Curiosity Podcast is a production of Lugus Films Media and is brought to you by Enduring Curiosity in association with CityCraft and Solutions Journal. The podcast will release a new episode every two weeks beginning on Earth Day 2021 featuring a diverse cast of voices offering multi-disciplinary solutions to the challenges facing our planet. 

Grey Gowder hosts a series of conversations with thought-leaders, community leaders, scientists, and storytellers working to transform our world. This inspirational and educational podcast encourages listeners to pursue their curiosities about the world and to never stop learning.

The 50 States Project – In Search of America Enduring Curiosity

Kate Fleming and Tom Woodruff are two traveling artists documenting America through painting and photography through the 50 States Project. Kate paints seemingly-mundane human landscapes that may soon disappear like gas stations, strip malls, and big-box stores. Tom photographs the ugly and obscure sides of America as part of an ongoing exploration of how fear shapes individuals' realities. Together, they hope to capture and communicate the "now" of America as they traveled the United States in the months leading up to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the late summer and fall of 2021. They witnessed a large and complex nation rich in diversity of culture, landscape, and ideology undergoing a national identity crisis, but through all of that, they found how remarkably similar our motives and desires are. Though we may be, as John Steinbeck wrote, a nation whose "capacity for self-delusion is boundless," we are rooted in a common desire to do our best for our families and communities. By removing illusions created by fear and othering, Tom and Kate hope to encourage greater national empathy and encourage more people to come to better understand their neighbors and countrymen. We are a nation of dreamers, detached from our past, fearful of our present, yet filled with aspirational visions of the future. And just like the 50 States Project, we are an ongoing project with plenty more to learn. Additional Links:https://www.the50statesproject.com/https://www.the50statesproject.com/wherewevebeenShow Notes:Guests – Kate Fleming & Tom WoodruffHost – Grey GowderMusic (via Epidemic Sound) – "Deep in the Blue" (Instrumental Version)  by Ingrid WittPhoto courtesy of Suzanne Emily O’Connor on Unsplash.Produced by Lugus Films Media
  1. The 50 States Project – In Search of America
  2. Will Freund – Climate Kayak and Conversation
  3. Mark Haver – A Global Blue New Deal
  4. Skye Steritz – A Regenerative Ocean Farm
  5. Jonathan DeLong – Aligning with Nature

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Who are we?

CityCraft Community Partners

CityCraft Community Partners are John L. Knott, Jr., Michael Ibarra, and W. Andrew Gowder, Jr., scholars and practitioners in the areas of regenerative capital, governance, and leadership.  CityCraft Community Partners is organized as a South Carolina benefit corporation works with communities by invitation to assist them in conceiving and implementing bioregional solutions that will result in investment in growing local capacity. 

The CityCraft Foundation

The CityCraft Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation principally engaged in founding, nurturing, and connecting community nonprofit initiatives at the local and bioregional level.  The Foundation works in communities throughout the United States and is led by Executive Director Katherine Teague, based in Denver, Colorado. 

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