In late 2018, Elevator Works built the Fab City Pledge, a prototype of an idea which allows individuals to frame Oakland Fab City and their participation in three ways:
What attracts me to Fab City?
What does Fab City need to succeed?
What will I commit to do to help?
The Pledge is an engagement strategy that allows individuals to tell their own stories and be accountable to each other as the program proceeds. We are committed to expanding the Pledge to include institutions, local manufacturers, and corporations who have a local presence. By framing engagement for these stakeholders in a similar way (why are we here? where are we going? what are we doing?), we allow those partners to clearly express their relationship to Fab City, and for others to see their institutional commitments.
As we engage supporting partners who will provide the financial support necessary to carry out Fab City work, we will ask each to make a pledge, which creates visibility and other benefits for the supporter. We will design these benefits considering input from early supporters, and use these to attract additional supporters and partners.
For our own part, in addition to Elevator Works’ leadership role and responsibilities to this program, we are committed Fab City partners. Here is our institutional pledge: