If so, please apply today to become a Champion for Change with One Region Forward’s Citizens Planning School! Through a series of six workshops, homework, and teamwork over three months, Champions for Change learn how to turn ideas into action with practical tools, knowledge, and leadership skills.
Based on a match of talents and passions, Champions and University at Buffalo students will be placed in action planning teams. Champions also receive technical support through faculty mentors in collaboration with UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, Blackstone LaunchPad’s social entrepreneurship program, and It Takes A Village Action Organization.
For more information on the Champions for Change Program: http://www.oneregionforward.org/citizen-planning-school/
Selection of the 2018 Champions for Change will be based on a variety of considerations. We aim to create a diverse fellowship of Champions from across our region, including urban, rural, and suburban communities. We aim to support Champions with a diversity of intentions and ideas for change - all ideas are welcome!!
We particularly welcome initiatives that would advance the "Five Big Ideas" of the One Region Forward Plan to create an equitable and ecologically thriving region, http://www.oneregionforward.org/the-plan/. This includes developing healthy, vibrant neighborhoods; strengthening food systems; enhancing climate resilience, regenerating vacant lots and ecosystems, and building the capacity of our citizens.
Traditionally, Champions have applied individually, but teams with a common concern are welcome to apply together (however, each team member will need to apply separately).
Selection of Champions will also take into consideration the capacity of the University at Buffalo student teams to support proposed projects.
Thank you for service to our communities and for your interest becoming a Champion for Change with the Citizen Planning School!
Imagine several years in the future when you have already been tremendously successful in championing this change... What will the world look like when you and your partners are successful? How did you and your team make it all happen? What was the world like before you, your neighbors and allies took action?
Please share your vision with us, using a special storytelling framework developed by one of our best modern storytelling team: Pixar Animation Studios. Every Pixar film shares the same narrative DNA – a deep structure of storytelling that involves six sequential sentences:1. Once upon a time …2. Every day …3. One day …4. Because of that …5. Because of that …6. Until finally …
Powerful change requires us to be able to tell powerful stories. We can't wait to hear yours!
Please note: the only requirement for the story you create is that it address each of the 6 Pixar prompts to tell the story of the change your heart desires. It could be as short as 6 sentences! If you have any questions, or if find it writing this story difficult, please do not hesitate to contact Darren Cotton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please refer to One Region Forward's own story of change down below for inspiration.