100in1Day – that’s 100 actions all happening on one day: on June 6.
Join other citizens in making the Halifax Region a better place through organising yourself or participating at others’ ‘interventions’. Interventions or urban actions are a simple, low-cost way for anybody to showcase their ideas for a better city.
Any individual or organisation can participate and use this opportunity to get the word out. Last year these ideas ranged from street art and urban gardens to beautification projects and social events that turned strangers into neighbours. No action is too small.
And 100 is just a figurative number, don’t ya know? It’s a symbol for dreaming big! The number isn’t important, but the impact the interventions have all together transforming the city on one day is. In fact, last summer Halifax had 53, but compared to the other participating cities in Canada, it had more interventions per capita.
The concept had humble beginnings when a group of Danish and Columbian students were planning a project that consisted of 6 interventions. After they decided to dream big they had 250 interventions instead, and the idea spread across the world. Last year, 26 cities took up the initiative and last year marked the first time Halifax participated. Let’s have an even better encoure!
The magic of 100in1Day lingers well past the launch date as well. It empowers citizens to see that many of their ideas are actually quite sustainable, and may live well past the first 24 hours. Instances of this in Halifax have included some of the red swings installed in green areas and the book nook on Agricola. 365 days later and you can still swing or flip through books brought on by those initiatives.
100in1Day is simply a platform for people to enact the ability of change they always have. The upside is that one day with a well plotted maps allows others to make a day of it. Everyone has equal footing when it comes to creating an intervention. Individuals have just as much power as a social group or organization. The only really stipulations is that no monetary compensation is allowed since all actions are supposed to be inclusive.
Participating With An Intervention
Have an idea ready to go? You can submit it right on the 100in 1Day website – easy peasey!
In the case that you have an idea but aren’t sure how to execute it, there are 15 volunteers you can speak with to help you find items or overcome logistics to make your intervention come true. Maybe it’s connecting with the right group for a specific item donation like oatmeal for a free breakfast, or outdoor space to facilitate a street chalk drawing event.
Need some inspiration or some guidance? There are still some workshops and drop-ins left to help you with your idea. You can see them here.
Participating By Spectating
If you’d rather spectate than create an intervention, keep an eye on the site’s map – groups are refining their ideas on the daily, and that allows you to best plan out your route on the day of the event!