The nominations for the 2013 Tundig Collective Award are in. Before I get into the list, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this. I occasionally get like, ‘why Tundig Collective?‘ but without getting too philosophical before I finish lunch, let me say that the Tundig Collective represents a group of friends growing up together. Tundig Collective has given me a way to think about what a community is and how it relates to the rest of the world. The value I see is not in the voting but in the sharing of the things we know are out there and what folks are doing. I’m grateful for your continued participation.
In the upcoming months we have some interesting things up our collective sleeves, not the least of which is a vote. Please stay tuned. Follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already. We’re @tundigcollectiv.
Anyway, here they are.
“A nonprofit writing drop-in an tutoring center.”
“It teaches children writing skills AND sells robots. What.”
“The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. We advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.”
“These are bikers chapters across the country who have banded together to protect abused children. Frequently, a child’s abuser is related and out on bail until prosecution begins, and there is no way to prevent him from returning to terrorize the victim. When the children are afraid, they can call a biker sponsor and he or she shows up with several friends, staying outside the child’s house all night. If the child has to testify in court, the bikers show up to block the abuser from view.
Seriously. Read the article here.”
“It rescues and re-homes pit bulls and educates the public about breed misconceptions. Puppies!”
“Think of the poor maminals!!!”
“Ypsilanti based non-profit for clean, cheap and renewable energy. I am hoping for the development of engines running on cynicism.”
“The Ecology Center is an Ann Arbor non-profit that works for clean energy production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future.”
“Because the Great Lakes need YOU.”
“The Fund’s mission is to identify, demonstrate, and promote regional action to enhance the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.”
“The Greenhorns is a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. Our mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers.”
Growing Hope (2012 Winner!)
“This organization has contributed immensely in changing the face of Ypsilanti in a positive way. Their school programs, leadership training, and youth employment create the springboard that many communities take for granted.
By empowering the community through healthy food habits, gardens, and farmer’s markets, Growing Hope’s voice is heard far and wide. They contribute on a local, statewide and national level towards furthering the rebuilding of our nation’s consumption habits. I’m involved because there’s nothing controversial about healthy food, and everyone deserves a healthy start!.”
“Located in Three Rivers, WI (hey, that’s still the Midwest!), Hamilton Wood Type museum “is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world.”
Hamilton is a working museum that offers workshops and events and keeps the craft of wood type alive in the imaginations of many.”
“Jane Addams, the founder of the social work profession, once said that, “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” I believe that love + marriage+ civil rights = human rights. And all humans deserve the same freedoms, rights, and protections to love and make a family out of whomever they choose.”
“Mission: “Ponyride is a study to see how the foreclosure crisis can have a positive impact on our communities.”
This is a great example of how space can be creatively engaged in Detroit.”
“Go-Getters drop-in center for mentally ill Detroit homeless.”