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Welcome! This is the online presence of The New Barn-Raising - an initiative to encourage the exchange of international best practice around ways to put community and civic assets such as parks, recreation centers, libraries, neighborhood stores, senior centers, museums and theaters at the heart of great urbanism. These assets are places and spaces characterized by a high degree of accessibility, popularity and sense of belonging to 'the people'.

The term New Barn-Raising refers to how different groups (business, citizens, foundations, non-profits groups, politicians, social entrepreneurs, social investors, taxpayers and unions) can all pull together to support assets.

This support can be raising:

  • awareness around assets and their benefits;
  • money from tax, donations, services and grants;
  • help from volunteers.
    • The principal outputs to-date, all free, are a Toolkit (2014), Webinar Program and article on Philadelphia's innovative civic commons work.

      Efforts are increasingly focused now on understanding the ways in which different types of assets can asset in the social, environmental and economic success of cities and towns around the World.

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