Build it! Bronzeville… at Phillips.

This past week I was able to do some dot connecting. Build it! Bronzeville came out to speak with seniors at Wendell Phillips High school in Bronzeville and let the students try out a prototype of their new mobile app.
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This gist of the game and the conversation was ” What would you like in your community?”

You would think that this conversation would be simple. Contrary to this, it was eye opening.  The opens were safety, business, or visual art building.

At first the seniors wanted things like McDonald’s or to rebuild the BaBa’s that burned down. They simply wanted to add convenience to their lives and continue.
Then there were idea such as:
1. Adding a safety building across the street from the school because to many students hang out across the street in a vacant lot abd trouble can happen there.
2. Putting up dance studio as there are no places for lessons
3. Building a hospital

There were also a few moments that created further conversation…
1. The idea of adding a chipotle to the neighborhood rather than the Babas was brought up. At first it wasn’t looked at as favorable until we began comparing the businesses. Most of the students hadn’t been to a Chipotle they just knew it was downtown and I’ve said it was probably expensive especially for just some lettuce. Then ) sheet agreeing a trip to chipotle in Hyde park may be in order) we discussed the importance of what you eat and how a restaurant without bullet proof glad would be nice for the community.
2. Then one of the students brought up the idea for a community center and the fact of a lack of activities for teenagers in their communities.

In this short period of time you could tell the conversation was increasing abs the students were beginning to think outside if the box if what could the community be and what is it missing.

In that moment I had never before wished that school could be longer or to spend another second in high school…
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Of course we tabled the conversation but I cannot wait to start it again and see just what they are thinking!

I also can’t wait until the mobile app is
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finished! It will be a great way to find out what the community needs abs where we spend our money outside of the community.

I’m in the $MOB are you?

Thanks to Mikkey Halsted and Rico Nance for being helpful and taking time out of their busy schedules!

Ya’ll have heard me talk so much about buying local and buying independent! NOW ITS TIME TO JOIN THE MOB! The $Mob that is… Check us out! Visit http://www.cash-mob.org for more information!

One reason why: If half the employed population spent $25 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $21.3 billion in revenue. MORE TO BUSINESSES & SCHOOLS!

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Why Buy Local?

Yesterday I started my one week (maybe longer) challenge to buy from Small, Community, and Local businesses (SCIL). This challenge is meant to look closely at the money I spend and how much I let leave my community. As a community we spend nearly $1 trillion and how much of that comes back into our community?

dollar-bilss-in-a-hole-money-going-down-the-tubeA study on the Chicago area completed in 2005 by Civic Economics, an economic analysis firm, found that for every $100 in consumer spending with a local business, $68 remains in the Chicago economy — and for every $100 spent at a chain, $43 remains in the Chicago economy.

If we were all to spend majority of our money our community the result would be huge! Have you heard of the multiplier effect? Well:

The multiplier effect is the boost to your local economy that results from locally-owned independent businesses, owners, and employees spending business revenue within the region. Typically, local independent businesses recirculate a much greater percentage of sales locally compared to absentee-owned businesses (or most locally-owned franchises).

This is not a new idea either… There are campaigns set in place to help you do just this… So after my one week challenge I am committing to the 3/50 project.

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 12.15.47 PMThe 3/50 project is a national campaign to support local business. It states that if half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally-owned stores, it would generate over $42.6 billion in revenue. 3/50 encourages people to choose three local businesses they couldn’t live without, then spend $50 at each one monthly.  Not hard right?

So take a week and look at where you spend your money then; after a week pick three businesses independently owned in the community that you would miss if they disappeared and support them monthly with $50.

According to Susan Witt, Executive Director of the E.F. Schumacher Society, “buy local” campaigns serve another function: alerting a community about gaps in the local market. For instance, if consumers keep turning to on-line or big-box stores for a particular product—say, socks—this signals an opportunity for someone local to make and sell socks.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1903632,00.html#ixzz2d0EqAKkl

So Go Buy local and Carry On! keep-calm-and-buy-local-26

Here are some resources that can help! #SupportSCIL #BuyLocal #AshleyBuysLocal

The Buying SCIL Challenge

buy-local-and-carry-onToday I begin my SCIL Challenge…

What is that you may say… Oh let me tell you… SCIL is Small, Community, Independent & Local Businesses that is. So for one week only that’s what I’ll be shopping. It is time to take back the buying power and keep money in our community. (Read why here)

So for everything I need I will be shopping in my community, the community I work and the one in proximity of those… I have Identified Bronzeville to South Shore as my ‘Hood. I will be buying everything in the community in stores that are independently owned. I also have included farmers markets (as they are included in buying local).

This is not just a one week home run. This week is meant for me to truly push myself on where I spend my money and how. After this week (and already a bit for those that know me) I will continue to push myself to support these businesses.

Join me!

Here are some links to learn where to shop

Farmer’s Markets http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmers_market.html/

TheBlackMall http://theblackmall.com/

Eat Drink and Buy Local http://www.eatdrinkbuylocal.org/

Up Chicago http://www.upchicago.com/category/do-see/shopping-chicago/local-chicago-stores

So Buy Local and Carry On!

#BuyLocalChallenge  #SupportSCIL  #AshleyBuysLocal

Cleaning out Me Closet… To fill it back up (a little)

dogoodieOver shopping is one of the most deadliest sins in life, according to me. I mean think about it. How can we spend so much money on ourselves while others are out there without decent clothes on their backs? How can we justify walking into a boutique when others can’t even walk into a Walmart and get clothes?

So lets fix this…. Or kinda….

Okay, so I got a HUGE shopping urge Tuesday and boy when I say huge I was ready to spend my rent… (Sometimes you just need a pickurl-5 me up or 7) So rather and go blow all my money and be mad later. (Buyers remorse is real) I decided to clean out my own closet…. So that my friend, is step 1.

Step 1: Clean out your closet. If you havent worn it in over 12 months it needs to go bye bye. If you don’t just love an item in you closet (unless it is sentimental) it needs to go away. AND if it makes you look fat or fit your shape correctly (no matter how cute) TOSS IT!

Here is what I came up with:

Well what do you do once you have all these clothes just sitting there staring at you (not to mention dollars you spent on thoseclothes with eyes – duh clothes need eyes to stare) Anyway (because apparently today I digress worse than other times) But anyway… What do you do with those clothes? Trash? NO Give them to a relative that will latertrash them? NO How about donate them to a local Salvation Army or Women’s/Men’s Shelter? YES!!!!!

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Step Two: Donate to a good cause (Hence the good for others part in this Do Goodie of the Week)

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The Next question is so how do I cure my shopping craving? EASY!

You thrift.

Step Three: Head to your location thrift store like Salvation Army or such. BUT only buy items you can LOVE. You’d be amazed at what you’d find at thrift and second hand stores. While sometimes you have to dig, its worth it and also that can be part of the fun!

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Shoes I thrifted 🙂 $5 (They were half off hehehe)

But there is more! There are more reasons you can feel good about thrifting and in this case there can be more good done than goodies for you! The money you spend goes to support the community in three ways: Pays for Jobs for those who work in the stores, Helps support the men in the rehabilitation centers & other caritable causes Salvation Army supports then the last third of the money you spend goes to the Salvation Army causes in the rest of the world (like creating clean water and promoting health etc)…

Now don’t you feel good???

Goodie!

Example of an outfit I thrifted all except the shoes and jacket.

Example of an outfit I thrifted all except the shoes and jacket.

Example 2 of thrifted outfit :)

Example 2 of thrifted outfit 🙂

Cleanin’ Out Me Closet (Just to fill it back up)

dogoodieOver shopping is one of the most deadliest sins in life, according to me. I mean think about it. How can we spend so much money on ourselves while others are out there without decent clothes on their backs? How can we justify walking into a boutique when others can’t even walk into a Walmart and get clothes?

So lets fix this…. Or kinda….

Okay, so I got a HUGE shopping urge Tuesday and boy when I say huge I was ready to spend my rent… (Sometimes you just need a pickurl-5 me up or 7) So rather and go blow all my money and be mad later. (Buyers remorse is real) I decided to clean out my own closet…. So that my friend, is step 1.

Step 1: Clean out your closet. If you havent worn it in over 12 months it needs to go bye bye. If you don’t just love an item in you closet (unless it is sentimental) it needs to go away. AND if it makes you look fat or fit your shape correctly (no matter how cute) TOSS IT!

Here is what I came up with:

Well what do you do once you have all these clothes just sitting there staring at you (not to mention dollars you spent on thoseclothes with eyes – duh clothes need eyes to stare) Anyway (because apparently today I digress worse than other times) But anyway… What do you do with those clothes? Trash? NO Give them to a relative that will latertrash them? NO How about donate them to a local Salvation Army or Women’s/Men’s Shelter? YES!!!!!

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 9.23.37 AM

Step Two: Donate to a good cause (Hence the good for others part in this Do Goodie of the Week)

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 9.19.54 AM

The Next question is so how do I cure my shopping craving? EASY!

You thrift.

Step Three: Head to your location thrift store like Salvation Army or such. BUT only buy items you can LOVE. You’d be amazed at what you’d find at thrift and second hand stores. While sometimes you have to dig, its worth it and also that can be part of the fun!

20121119-111746

Shoes I thrifted 🙂 $5 (They were half off hehehe)

But there is more! There are more reasons you can feel good about thrifting and in this case there can be more good done than goodies for you! The money you spend goes to support the community in three ways: Pays for Jobs for those who work in the stores, Helps support the men in the rehabilitation centers & other caritable causes Salvation Army supports then the last third of the money you spend goes to the Salvation Army causes in the rest of the world (like creating clean water and promoting health etc)…

Now don’t you feel good???

Goodie!

Example of an outfit I thrifted all except the shoes and jacket.

Example of an outfit I thrifted all except the shoes and jacket.

Example 2 of thrifted outfit :)

Example 2 of thrifted outfit 🙂