“Showing our Stuff”

In my societal commentary,”Orion … A Feline Metaphor for Hybrid Governance,” I proposed a hybrid type of governance as alternative to our current political malaise and civic ineptitude. At the center of this hybrid is the Community 3.0 Front Porch civic network. A Front Porch can be the local pub down the street or the coffee-house you get your morning the espresso from. It can be Bill’s garage where everyone hangs out to watch Sunday football games. It can even be your kitchen table. What happens on the Front Porch is what matters … not what it looks like or where it is.

The Front Porch’s purpose is to identify Solutions, whether they be in response of needs or opportunities. These Solutions are designed to help your community pick up the slack and mend the societal safety net. They can range from organizing a cleanup effort, to fixing a playground, to even spearheading a high school mentoring or apprentice program.

To get a more full understanding of the Community 3.0 Front Porch concept, please read the post, “Front Porches.

As a part of the Community 3.0 platform we’ve put together a roster of several examples of what can come of collaborations in your community’s Front Porches. Imagine, take direct action … and this could be your community.

One of these examples is “Showing our Stuff.”

Street fair posterize

Multi-location Community Fairs


When I was growing up I lived across the highway from the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot. The nine days of the State Fair were always a highlight of the year. It seemed like everyone in town walked a little straighter with their heads held a little higher. Hosting the fair was a source of civic pride and no matter their differences, everyone put them aside – if just one week. We were all in it together.

While not every town or community has the opportunity to host a state fair, that doesn’t mean they can’t reap the benefits it brings. Every community has things it can and should be proud of, past and present. And it owes it itself to broadcast it to the world. “Showing our Stuff” is Community 3.0‘s alternative to a state fair. We will help you organize and put on whatever fair or community gathering you can think of.

Your fair can be as unique as you want it to be ~ imagine a youth theatre presentation, food booths from the community’s best local restaurants, and even “pop-up think tanks” featuring your town’s best (spanning all generations) together in a casual setting brainstorming on your community’s pressing topics. Make your fair as big and as often as you wish.

Principles: thanks to “Burning Man”

  • Radical Inclusion
  • Gifting
  • De-commodification
  • Radical Self-Reliance
  • Radical Self-Expression
  • Communal Effort
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Participation
  • Immediacy
  • Leaving No Trace

Event Implementation Plan:

  • theme
  • goals
  • determine components and component sponsor-ships:
    • accommodate cross-generational, cross-interest activities
    • possibly an Olympics type competition (Merchant teams)
  • community / city permitting and master plan (including alternative venues)
  • security / police: both formal and Community 3.0 Members
  • safety / fire department
  • common food vending
  • overall stage crew (set-up / tear down)
  • clean-up / garbage
  • concierge service / information booth / Member and Merchant services
  • marketing:
    • within Community 3.0 network
    • out of geographic area
    • public relations

“Showing our Stuff” allows Community 3.0 Merchants and Contributors (customers) to showcase interests and passions beyond just their business and employment. It allows your community to show its full being … in all the colors of the rainbow. Your community fair doesn’t, and actually shouldn’t take place in one location. This is an advantage you would have over a formal state or county fair in a set location, like a fairgrounds.

Make your fair reflect the fabric of your community and all its geographic, cultural and social diversity. One locale could take on an entirely different theme than another. Public transportation could be altered to ferry patrons from one “cultural pod” to another. 


If you wish to help organize a “Showing our Stuff” gathering in your community, we’d love to help you. Help us create a foundation for which our communities can build on in their quest for self-sustainability and well-being. No matter what role you wish to play; whether it’s directly in your community or you’re someone who wants to lend your experience and expertise to us in devising network-wide programs … we welcome you.

To get a more full understanding of the Community 3.0 Front Porch concept, please read the post, Front Porches.Also please follow us on Twitter at @Community3_0, and check out the main 3.0 web site.

And when you’re ready – please comment below, tell us who you are and how you think you can better the 3.0 community.


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