The Fab City Pledge Program - individual, corporate, institutional

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:

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  1. What attracts me to Fab City?

  2. What does Fab City need to succeed?

  3. 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:

ELEVATOR WORKS TOOK THE FAB CITY PLEDGE BECAUSE THINKING LOCALLY WHILE COORDINATING GLOBALLY CREATES ENORMOUS POTENTIAL FOR CHANGE, AND WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DIRECT THAT CHANGE FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR CITIZENS AND OUR COMMUNITY.

OAKLAND FAB CITY NEEDS OAKLAND PEOPLE. IT NEEDS LEADERS WHO HAVE THE TRUST OF THEIR PEERS AND COMMUNITY. IT NEEDS REAL RESOURCES, AND LOTS OF INDIVIDUALS SHOWING UP EVERY DAY DOING THEIR PART. IT NEEDS ALL THOSE PEOPLE TO REMIND EACH OTHER WHERE WE’RE HEADING, AND WHY.

WE WILL COMMIT OUR VISION, OUR STORYTELLING ABILITY, OUR THOUGHTFULNESS, OUR LISTENING, OUR ANALYTICAL SKILLS, OUR INSTINCT FOR THE COMMERCIAL, AND BELIEF IN THE INDIVIDUALS WE SHARE OUR CITY WITH. WE WILL SHOW UP EVERY DAY AND DO OUR OWN BEST WORK, AND HELP KEEP OTHERS MOTIVATED TO DO THEIRS.