Monday, June 29, 2009

Planning LBCreative! Connections Event

Catalyst Community and Project Oasis has continued to meet and work together to plan the first connections event for LBCreative! to bring people together and cast vision for the broader creative communities. Collective I and EPK Vision has joined the planning team to help facilitate this collaborative effort.

Working with all of these groups is very exciting because it's fun to see people so ready to collaborate. I suppose when our communities seem fragmented with everyone doing their own thing, a message and vision of collaboration can be so refreshing! I hope that Catalyst can continue to catalyze numerous communities towards collaboration.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Birth of LBCreative!

Since meeting with Peter and Keith from Project Oasis a couple weeks ago, we've all continued to dialogue and strategize about how we can catalyze creative communities in Long Beach. Together, Catalyst Community and Project Oasis decided to name our collaborative: LBCreative!

LBCreative! is a collaboration of local artists and organizations working together to strengthen the arts and culture in our community.

We'll be continuing to meet and talk with other folks. We're inviting others to the team who will help catalyze this collaborative community. Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Catalyst Green Statement

At today's Catalyst Community Board of Directors meeting, we approved the following official Green Statement:

"Catalyst Community recognizes the interconnectedness between the world we live in and the people that live in it. Just as each of us can have a catalytic affect on the relationships in our community, each of us can have a catalytic affect on our community's environment. We support the proper stewardship of our environment by encouraging community members in all areas to take steps towards sustainable living and to adjust our practices in ways that reduce our carbon impact on our world."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Preliminary Planning for Creative Communities

Tanya, Elliot and I met with Keith and Peter from Project Oasis to talk about how we might work together to catalyze the creative communities in Long Beach. The creative communities are pretty fragmented and we'd like to explore ways of bringing people together collaboratively.

So we decided to plan a connections event where we could all gather each of our networks to share a common vision, to meet each other, and begin a collaborative process. We're planning to have another meeting to touch bases and to begin functioning as a planning team.

We're looking forward to working with Project Oasis! On the same day that Catalyst hosted the Green Long Beach! Festival on May 9th in the East Village, they hosted the Top of the Town Festival on the North side of Long Beach. Both festivals brought together artists and musicians so we're going to continue working together cooperatively, not competitively.

Let's see if we can catalyze the creative communities to do the same.

Monday, June 1, 2009

New Catalyst Meeting Space

Exciting news!

Catalyst now has a new Catalyst Meeting Space in the East Village!

We signed the lease and we're located at 430 E. 1st Street, Long Beach, CA 90802.

This is the same space that we used for the Green Long Beach! Festival Control Center. It's got 800 sq ft. with an additional 800 sq ft. basement underneath. It's an amazing space!

We want the space to be a place where people can be inspired to be catalysts in what ever passion they have. We want to empower and resource people. We want to have workshops here. We want the space to be used for collaborative meetings.

We're going to be able to do a lot of good work in the community out of this space.