What is "For the Love of Valdosta"?

For the Love of Valdosta was a fun, interactive workshop about loving our community. For the Love of Valdosta!, led by For the Love of Cities author Peter Kageyama, was held Thursday, Oct. 13, at Bas Bleu Downtown Valdosta. This half-day workshop explored how people connect with Valdosta, and partcipants learned how to improve and maximize this connection and lead more people towards being “in love” with the community. The elements of the workshop included:

Overview of Lovable Cities
Map of what you love about your city – “Wall of Love”
Messages and marks – designing the city’s t-shirt
Love Notes – samples of what people love from around the world
Empathy mapping of key demographics such as young professionals, kids and retirees
Brainstorming the “$500 Dollar” project
Voting and ranking of the best ideas for next steps

For the Love of Valdosta- Through Their Eyes Exercise

For The Love of Valdosta- T-Shirt Creations

Meet Peter Kageyama

Peter is a community and economic development consultant based in St. Petersburg, FL. He is the co-founder and producer of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary event that brings together citizens and practitioners around the big idea of the city. Peter is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization. He has spoken all over the world about bottom up community development and the amazing people that are making change happen. More...
In support of his book, For the Love of Cities, Peter Kageyama has developed an interactive workshop that allows communities to develop their own approaches to becoming a more lovable community. This half day workshop wiil explore how people connect with Valdosta, how to improve and maximize that connection and lead more people towards being “in love” with the city.

The workshop identifies key community assets including the emotionally engaged citizens that shape the city and develops strategies and tactics to engage these local development resources. We emphasize locally based solutions that do not require significant resources and can be quickly implemented.

The Book

The book looks at what makes cities lovable, what motivates citizens to do extraordinary things for their places and how some cities use that energy to fill in the gaps that “official” city makers have left when resources disappear.

Do you have any ideas about how to show our community love? Let us know below!