Verve /verv/ noun: energy, pep, liveliness, elan, vigor, buoyancy, gusto, sparkle, brio, spirit
Good placemaking gives us communities with VERVE.
Placemakers are the change agents who power ideas – big and small – into action. They ask “what if?” and leverage passion, relationships, research, resources and stick-to-itiveness to make (and re-make) great places for people.
Pedestrian access, mobile seating, green space and gardens, public art and streets bursting with visual interest are examples of physical amenities of placemaking. So, too, programming and activities that invite citizens to interpret history of place, explore culture, sustain a local economy, interact with others, participate in health, and experience joy within the public realm. Storytelling presents and keeps place in writing, picture, film, recipe, art and spoken word.
Many threads make a rich tapestry. The bold strokes and fine details of placemaking require creativity, innovation, partnerships and people power. Verve’s Placemaker’s Post celebrates placemakers who get up each day and get busy making our communities great.
Professional Services Provided by VERVE:
Conversation sparks familiarity, invites affinity, establishes shared values, and is a crucial attribute of community building. Hosted conversations provide a structured, creative and productive avenue to shape powerful questions, explore difference, capture ideas, and formulate solutions to challenges that vex our organizations and communities. Contact Verve to learn how we can help you catalyze a community conversation.
Stakeholders are the people who hold an interest in or contribute to community success and vitality. Engagement sparks action, serving as link between pondering and problem solving. Leveraging community strengths and commitment, stakeholder engagement varies and is driven by the questions “who is already at the table” and “who is not at the table who needs to be?” Contact Verve to learn how you can initiate and refine stakeholder engagement.
“Telling our story” establishes context, frames need, challenges assumptions, celebrates success, highlights defining features, imagines “what if?” and provides artifacts for meaning making and future reference. Contact Verve to learn how we can help you craft guiding documents, harvest stakeholder stories, research policy and best practice, narrate, name, or nominate your organization’s or community’s best self.