Wealth 1 WEALTH
Energy 2 ENERGY
Products 3 PRODUCTS
Homestead 4 HOMESTEAD
The Eight principles of Green Village Building
Culture 5 CULTURE
Organizing 6 ORGANIZED
Education 7 EDUCATION
Oasis 8 OASIS
The Green Village Builders

1 Pilot Program

BIG BlackCrowdfunding Club™ in affiliation with Blackcrowdfunding.net

We aim to advance 100 sustainable businesses in 2013 – startups, stabilizations, or expansions – which serve African American customers and interests, recruiting and promoting projects, enterprises, and visions to fund raise online through our system and team!

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Wealth is skill, and health is a village able to sustain itself with minimal input.  Taken together, the health/wealth of a BIG™ walkable village is its critical mass of neighbor-owned businesses, circulating the household income of residents within its local living economy ~ one which naturally reinvests profits according to the self-interest of its neighbors.

Our BIG Blackcrowdfunding Club™ [BBCC] creates a pipeline for promoting investment in the enterprises, projects, and visions of our community.  We work in with Blackcrowdfunding.net, which has pioneered online fundraising and giving for African American interests.  We use our national network to identify and encourage bigblackcrowdfunding, and complement their campaigns with marketing communications and connections to other financial resources.

Ours is the first crowdfunding club inspired by a commitment to increase the rate at which African American businesses are created and sustained…linking the critical importance of robust circulation of black dollars within black communities to the fundamental well-being of its residents…and understanding the heightened importance of the “walkable black village” anchored by neighbor-owned businesses to the foreseeable challenges of the global climate crisis.

Moreover, BBCC uniquely functions as part of a whole-system solution for the whole-system problem common to black communities everywhere.  Blackcrowdfunding.net creator William Michael Cunningham and Naomi Davis, founder of the BIG BlackCrowdFunding Club invite people of all backgrounds to share their dreams, learn our structure, and discover why bigblackcrowdfunding is so important…why it works…who benefits…and how to participate for individual and greater good.

And thank you for investing through us, and circulating your dollars through a community which needs your care the most.

Make Blackcrowdfunding.net your portal-of-choice for crowdfunding donations, loans [and soon] business equity transactions.  

Join us at our BIG BlackCrowdFunding Club every 3rd Friday from 6pm-8pm in alternating city and suburban locations.

And thank you for investing through us, and circulating your dollars through a community which needs your care the most.

2 Pilot Program

CREATE Railroad CAREERS

We aim to establish and sustain an employment/contracting pipeline between Chicago’s southeast side communities and the 13 railroad companies and their supply chains presently doubling their footprint in our community; and to manage that pipeline to ensure – once and for all – that tax dollars invested and toxicities suffered by African Americans produce corresponding benefits in careers, contracts, and clean technology commitments.

3 Pilot Program

BIG Headquarters & Staff

We aim to raise funds to employ 2 part-time employees and establish office/convening space for the many projects and programs we produce.  Remarkably, BIG™ has generated a rich, consistent body of work and built an award-winning national network as an all-volunteer, self-funded organization.

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4 Pilot Program

West Woodlawn Botanic Garden & Village Farm Initiative

We have launched “2013:The Year of the Backyard Garden” as the opening salvo in a 5-year run-up to The 2016 Great Migration Centennial, which will celebrate one of America’s biggest under-told stories: the migration of 6 million African Americans “upsouth” – east, west, and midwest – for freedom and economic opportunity.  In Chicago those travellers settled principally in Bronzeville ~ and West Woodlawn is the southernmost tip of Bronzeville, and Chicago’s first black middle-class neighborhood…home of Lorraine Hansberry and Emmett Till, to name just 2 iconic figures from our village.  We aim to install 10 backyard gardens, 1 community garden, and foster any number of container, balcony, porch, and window sill varieties!

We are collaborating to create a WPA make-work style project to impact – at scale – the plague of 50% unemployment typical to many African American neighborhoods.  Our purpose is to imagine and implement West Woodlawn gardens of all kinds – kitchen, backyard, school, church, community, indoor, outdoor, food, flowers, commercial – and their related food enterprises and markets; along the way to learn the meanings/methods of food security; to begin exploring increased household income via Green-Village-Building;™ and answering the questions of The West Woodlawn Village Botanic Garden & Village Farm Initiative: 1) how many households could we feed, 2) how many businesses/jobs could we create, 3) how many neighbors could we train/engage, 4) how many gallons of stormwater could we divert?

Yes we can be paid to be stewards of our land and “restore our place in the world”~!!

We host a free monthly West Woodlawn Village Teach-In Breakfast and weekly Garden/Farm Backyard Meetups, which network seasoned and new gardeners, teach practical tips, and complete hands-on projects in our walkable village.  Many neighbors are meeting for the first time, many discovering new friends in this important place, and together we are birthing the conversation for the beautiful life, the conservation lifestyle here…reminding generations of our great cultural legacy – which is our stewardship of the land – and reinventing that legacy here in the Age of Climate Crisis.

5 Pilot Program

HipHop FishFry Radio Show Players™

We aim to produce 6 story circles, host region-wide open call auditions for stage art and business talent, and produce 2 shows reflecting African American Great Migration experience here in Chicago.

We believe in community performance for economic development, and are coached and mentored by national leaders in the genre – Dr. Richard Geer of Epic International, Juanita Brown of World Cafe, and Kevin Iega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Productions.  In this art form, neighbors write, produce, and perform in a musical about themselves…and because founder Naomi Davis has a lifetime love and training in theater – understanding as she does the unparalleled power of theater to change hearts and minds – she has committed BIG™ to to invest in developing a replicable model specifically relevant to its green-village-building paradigm.

In 2011 to a full house at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History, BIG™ first produced “Migration: The Musical.”  In 2012 and 2013 GreenFestivals, BIG™ has produced “deep culture/green neighborhood revival” artforms educating neighbors on “the beautiful life ~ the conservation lifestyle.”

Join us as we continue the journey of harvesting stories through our facilitated Story Circles…opening the creative process to the entire village and beyond…advancing a business model that features “the 8 marketable jobs skills of theater,” the cultural heritage tourism industry, and the theater production supply chain…and blends these together for an economic engine strong enough to break the blight of our communities.

Naomi Davis consults/facilitates Story Circles – a precise yet simple art form with the power to make neighbors fall in love with themselves, their families, community, and the possibilities of “restoring their place in the world.”  Only from a base of this kind of affinity can communities achieve the hard work of the road ahead.

6 Pilot Program

The Green-Village-Building™ Rating System

We aim to establish and sustain an employment/contracting pipeline between Chicago’s southeast side communities and the 13 railroad companies and their supply chains presently doubling their footprint in our community; and to manage that pipeline to ensure – once and for all – that tax dollars invested and toxicities suffered by African Americans produce corresponding benefits in careers, contracts, and clean technology commitments.

We meet monthly with a coalition of 30+ community-based organizations to explore the issues and execute the solutions for the health/wealth challenges posed by the expansion.  Stay tuned for next actions…

7 Pilot Program

BIG Hub in the ‘Hood

We aim to introduce BIG’s “Institute For Community Controlled Development”  to the community through 1) a series of lectures by leading professional to address land use planning – historic and contemporary, and 2) a Technical Assistance Pool of African American professionals in the allied real estate trades, to assist neighbors in building their capacity to own, develop, and manage the property in their community.

BIG™ will continue to research and report on our study first introduced via our 2011 survey: “What’s Your Wish For West Woodlawn.”  In that year we documented the West Woodlawn walkable village by taking photographs of the fronts/backs of every structure and vacant lot in Est Woodlawn.  In work related to our mission to “increase household income for present resident of a neighborhood,” we are establishing research of the baseline household income from which we will measure the impact of our 5-year proof-of-concept for Green-Village-Building™ in West Woodlawn.

Come join BIG’s Community Charrette Team led by board member and IIT Professor of AppliedTechnology and University of Illinois graduate students as we produce a forum for the vision and wishes of the people for their place.

8 Pilot Program

Small Green Business Development Incubator

We aim to advance the BIG™ incubator business plan produced in conjunction with IIT Stuart School of Business graduate interns in 2011.

BIG MEMBERSHIP & SUPPORT

or fill out the Big participation form by downloading this PDF

and send a check or money order payable to "Blacks and Green"  to 

BIG: Blacks in Green
Box 378411
Chicago, IL 60637

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