RPR News & Events


Meeting of the Minds
Two-Thousand & Eleven
Day Riverside Library, April 19th 7-9pm

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

Workbook

Introductions:
           
            Please take 30 seconds to introduce yourself and tell us why you have chosen to be involved and what you’d like to accomplish.

The Rose Park Revival Philosophy

    

     We are a Rose Park entity.  We exist for the improvement and benefit of our Community, not for personal or political gain.  This gives us the ability to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done without  excess pomp and circumstance.

 

     We do not focus on, nor defend, things which we know to be false. Rather, we intend to replace that conversation with the positive community attributes that either currently exist, or made to exist by the efforts of our organization & others.  In the words of country singer Willie Nelson, “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.”

           

            We believe that communities are in a state of flux; they are either improving or declining but never constant.  We also believe that a community neglected by its inhabitants, is in turn, neglected by businesses, governments, and potential residents.   This knowledge requires us as active members of our community to be vigilant in our efforts to counterbalance the past years of neglect through education, reform, action, and tactile marketing and media representation.

 

            We believe that we’re responsible as residents for the status and future of our community.  We do not place blame on socioeconomic differences, demographic favoritism, or perceived injustices. We believe that every community faces unique challenges, what defines them is their ability to find and implement lasting solutions.

 

            We hold that we must first hold ourselves, our neighbors, and our community businesses to a higher standard before we can expect those outside our community to do the same.            

 

            We have no tolerance for racism in any of its forms.  We believe that our diversity as a community is an asset and should be utilized as such.

           


Mission & Method
           
            Our goal is to improve, inasmuch as we are capable, the facets of our community that we determine to be in need.  We strive to create an improved perception of Rose Park, within the Salt Lake Valley, powerful enough to attract viable businesses, quality residents, and beneficial city & state legislation.


            Our methodology is open minded and encourages everything from out-of-the-box thinking to grass roots “get your hands dirty” service projects.  We start by asking ourselves three questions regarding each potential undertaking.

 
            First and foremost, is it feasible?  Sure there are a lot of things we’d love to see Rose Park have in the future, and though it’s alright to dream big, we are looking for projects that are attainable, especially in the early stages of our organization.  Second, is it marketable? The more we work with our media partners the more it becomes evident that as a community, we have neglected to seek out positive media representation as much as other communities in our city.  We need to exhaust all opportunities to get our community recognized within the media on our own terms.  Third, we need to ask ourselves, is this project sustainable? Is it something we can realistically do for years to come or is it a one shot deal?  If so, does the one shot event have enough merit to warrant an attempt? After an idea has been tested and passed by these three rules, we then ask ourselves the next three questions that will govern how we will proceed in our attempt.  

           These three questions will help us identify what we are capable of doing and also what we are building in terms of a Rose Park brand.   Beginning with “what will it take”, this is the question that will help us locate and utilize existing assets while developing new assets for future projects and events.  Next we must step back and ask ourselves what will our projects give back to our community?  Will they provide education, beautification, entertainment, awareness, fitness, etc.?  Then lastly, we must determine what this event will potentially say about our community.  Are we health conscious, environmentally minded, service oriented, family friendly, etc.?

 
           Over the last year, we have received numerous ideas from our members on what they would like to see us undertake.  They are listed below to give you an idea of what projects are on the minds of our fellow RPR members. 

  • Alternative triathlon or fitness event involving a float of the Jordan River, and a run and ride on the Parkway
  • A small outdoor concert series
  • A 4th or 24th firework display
  • Revitalizing the Fun-O-Rama
  • A Jordan River float & clean-up event.
  • A neighborhood produce exchange
  • A hands on home improvement fair with how-to courses
  • Community Garden support
  • Replacing the Rose Park Signage
  • Commissioning urban artwork for beautification
  • Enforcement of beautification ordinances
  • Aiding the city in vandalism removal
  • Creating a cycling club and other social fitness clubs
  • Petitioning local businesses (Smiths) to offer additional healthy and organic food options.
  • Creating  a “Yard of the Week” program complete with rewards
 
Forming Task Groups
           
            Depending on attendance, we will now break into three groups based on the three projects which received the most points and the individuals who gave them those points.

            Once the groups have been formed, we ask each group to put their idea through the six questions to determine how viable the idea actually is.  If viability is confirmed, begin by establishing a tentative target date, then formulating an action plan capable of meeting achieving that target date.  Please make notes below as you work through the idea.

  1. Is the idea feasible and if so, what makes it feasible? What are the challenges you will face when trying to establish this event? Does it require volunteer labor, donation of funds, city state or other approval(s), or a unique venue?
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  1. Is it marketable to established media outlets, newspaper, television, local morning shows, or local specialty magazines? (City Weekly, Sports Guide, Cycling Utah, etc.) Though we should never prevent ourselves from doing good within our community when the media is not present, we must do all we can to publicize our efforts in order to change the public perception of our community.

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  1. Is the idea sustainable enough to maintain over time?  The definition of sustainable can be many things.  It predominantly means that the effort, in terms of labor, money, equipment, etc. is less in each subsequent year as a result of the events momentum contribution.  Many times an idea may look great on paper, but without the support of the community, it never gains enough momentum to be sustainable.  It can also mean that  the positive benefits of the event are so plentiful, it warrants a larger degree of supplementary effort when momentum is lacking. 


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  1. What will it take to pull this off?  Keep in mind that if required, the processes of government can be slow and often discouraging.  (I have been waiting for a simple list of construction guidelines for the Rose Park Signs for over three months)  Don’t be too aggressive in your target date if your project requires government approval or involvement.  If it doesn’t, isolate the key requirements such as labor, funding, participation, donations, logistics, design, advertising & distribution, etc. the more you think of these things in advance, the more successful you’ll be in the end.

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  1. What will it give to the members of our community? Will it provide beatification, recreation, education, entertainment, awareness, etc.? Will it encourage participation by community members outside of our organization?  Does it transcend cultural differences? Will it attract new members to RPR?

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  1. What will it say about us as a community and as an organization?  Is it a message that we feel comfortable broadcasting? Are there any more subtle messages we may be sending by coordinating or sponsoring this event, if so, are they positive or negative? Will it further our mission or take away from it?

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A Note on Media Relations

            As part of our philosophy to replace negative press with positive press, we encourage each group to reach out and develop a network of media contacts.  Many of these contacts can be made simply by email but others may require phone work, and in some cases, face to face meetings.  You’ll find that reporters, newscasters and writers still write primarily on what they are familiar with or have an interest in.  It is our job to then familiarize these individuals with what we are doing as a community, as an organization, and on any other items which may be newsworthy. 

When designing and coordinating your project, think through all the possible media outlets that may be interested in covering what you’re trying to accomplish.  Contact them early and give them plenty of time to respond and make preparations to attend.  Though this process can seem a little intimidating at first, you’ll find in time that your fears are unfounded.


Choosing a Project Manger and Creating a Ninety Day Action Plan

            Take a minute amongst yourselves and decide who will represent your group and ultimately direct the actions necessary to successfully carry out your chosen project.  When a project manager has been chosen, list his or her name and contact information below.

                     My Project Manager

Name______________________________________Phone________________

Email______________________________________

            Now, under the supervision of your newly elected Project Manager, develop a simple 90 day action plan on the next page that will steer your group efforts through the process of accomplishing your chosen project.  Make sure to delegate assignments to various members of your group and list those assignments in the plan.  (Time permitting, we will ask a representative from your group to take 2-3 minutes to present your groups action plan to the body of the meeting.)