This is a community group for anyone interested in exploring creative solutions to our chronic crime and safety problem in Dutchtown, as citizens and as a community.
The Safer Dutchtown Meetup is facilitated by the Neighborhood Innovation Center, (NIC STL) in cooperation with Downtown Dutchtown (DT2) and the Dutchtown Community Improvement District (Dutchtown CID).
All are welcome - however, please note that we're not interested in getting together to complain about our problems. The reality is that the status quo is in our face and unacceptable - that's just too obvious to many, if not all, of us. We are only interested in brainstorming and acting on creative, forward thinking solutions that can lead to real change and a safer neighborhood for all.
We envision our meetups being organized in "30-Day Sprints": meeting 2 to 4 times every 30 days to brainstorm and generate concrete actions.
Our very first Sprint will be on a "Crime Deterrence" theme, and we want to accomplish 2 objectives: 1. To create a "Call for Action", with specific deterrence recommendations for citizens and businesses to adopt; 2. To gather requirement data for NIC STL's upcoming "Tech Startup Competition" on crime deterrence. More to come on this.
If you're open-minded, optimistic about a better future, and a "If there is a problem, Then there is a solution" thinker, then you're our kind of person! Let's work together to shape Dutchtown's future.
About the Neighborhood Innovation Center (NIC STL): we are a new non-profit social enterprise, dedicated to promoting innovations and technologies in low-income neighborhoods that are left behind. The founders of NIC STL are John Chen and Caya Aufiero, long-time Dutchtown residents, community builders and entrepreneurs.
The main purpose of our Meeting #1 Part 2 is to brainstorm ideas on crime deterrence practices and plans to test and implement.
This will be the continuation of Part 1 meeting on May 18, 2019, and online collaboration on SDM's Online Workspace:
Discuss literature and data on "Crime Deterrence", our focus of the Sprint 1:
a) Review "crime" categories, why we choose the "crime deterrence" theme as our initial focus; (15 mins)
b) Brainstorm: generate as many ideas as possible on how to deter crime (45 mins);
c) Aggregate these ideas fo insights (15 mins);
d) Develop our plans of action and assignments (45 mins);
Please wear comfortable cloth and shoes. We'll provide coffee/tea/water/beer/wine, and all the tools we need for an effective meeting: flipcharts, dry erase board, Markers, Sharpies, Post-It notes, Alarm Clock, etc.
Please observe our Ground Rules and review our Guiding Principles first before RSVP to the meeting.