Part of the United Nations' Block by Block program, community members are asked to redesign public spaces, which includes parks and public squares that need to be redeveloped, inside the popular sandbox game, Minecraft.
The program was kick started by people aged 14-25 involved in planning projects in their communities. The program is a good way to get young people involved, especially those who are difficult to get them to come to community meetings and participate because of their location.
Federal Programs Related to - Community Development, General/Other
Programs that focus broadly on strengthening, unifying and building the economic, cultural, educational and social services of a community or neighborhood and improving the quality of life for all. Community Building; Community Capacity Building; Community Development and Improvement; Community Development Block Grants; Healthy Communities Community Economic Development Programs that provide technical assistance and funds to help communities retain and recycle income within the community by investing in the development of local institutions and businesses. Business Growth; Business Loans; Economic Growth; Economic Transformation; Real Estate Organizations; Socioeconomic Development; Technology Transfer; Transfer of Technology; Urban Enterprise Zones
Federal Programs Related to - Neighborhood Revitalization
Programs that encourage or provide for the renewal or rehabilitation of homes, streets, sidewalks and incidental recreational areas in residential communities that are blighted or depressed. Neighborhood Redevelopment; Residential Neighborhood Redevelopment
Federal Programs Related to - Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Programs that focus on promoting the effective functioning of government, public administration and public officials and support or provide services required for the effective functioning of society's infrastructure.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of Grameen Bank and chairman, Muhammad Yunus, writes about happiness: That happiness comes from many sources, not as the current economic framework assumes, just from making money.
Developing Cities Get an Enhanced Makeover with Minecraft