Harrisburg Story of Place
With a strong desire to seek the potential to create a more vibrant and revitalized Lower Susquehanna River Valley, a group of sustainable building community professionals were drawn together, which led to the creation of regener8. This collective wanted to explore how to increase their shared capacity to address the locally expressed, global environmental and social imperatives and the need to actively participate with their communities.
The City of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania, is the heart of the region, and as such, its vitality and vibrancy is integral to the vitality and vibrancy of the region as a whole. Harnessing their passion and that of all the stakeholders who live, work and play in Harrisburg, a regenerative process nurtured the development of Harrisburg’s Story of Place®. This methodology, created by Regenesis Group, uses shared experience that invites us to explore the complex living systems and the interrelationships that make a community unique.
A series of workshops:
- explored the unique natural and social patterns and relationships that shaped the community,
- evoked design principles, or guides to action, that can then be applied to a local project, program or organization so that their actions align with the place that is Harrisburg,
- dived deeper into what it means to be a stakeholder in Harrisburg’s future, and
- developed a better understanding of the existing relationships and rich resources beyond pure financial capital so we can serve and lift Harrisburg up together.
What was learned on this journey is summarized in A Story of Place, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which offers a new perspective, one that sheds light on the uniqueness of Harrisburg and its role in the region. These discoveries will help us regenerate our connection to place, drive community-led development efforts, and ultimately evoke a vibrant and positive perception and identity of Harrisburg. As energy builds, individual roles expand, patterns are tested and more voices and experiences are heard, Harrisburg’s Story of Place will continually evolve. Stay tuned.