Nooks @Oakland Museum of California, a futuristic public goods initiative.

Nooks @Oakland Museum of California, a futuristic public goods initiative.

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“There can be no keener revelation of society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” Nelson Mandela.


“There can be no keener revelation of society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” Nelson Mandela.

Dear Nook Community,

Thank you for your continued belief in the project. We are delighted to share with you all that post-pandemic we will be bringing the Nook care spaces for parents and children @ Oakland Museum. We plan to start the Nooks as soon as the last week of May.

2020 has created major shifts in human history, it’s going to reshape society in lasting ways, from how we travel, to the level of security and surveillance we’re accustomed to, and even to the language we use, and how we choose to interact. Families need open-ended childcare and accessible resources that are an integrated part of their community. We need environments where our kids can flourish. Parents are struggling to balance work and parenting. Basic human needs -- connection, security, community -- are going unmet.

Through Nooks we are trying to create the change needed in our community to bring in open ended play spaces and care spaces for parents.
We at Parents’ Nook are always thinking about how we can make a sustainable community where parenting is easier and less stressful. These collaborations are our way of bringing the care spaces near to you thus creating the local network of parents, educators and space collaborators that might act as an umbrella of support.

What we are offering:

  • Community co-working spaces from the Museum’s Town Fare Cafe or in their terrace.
  • Access to Nook facilitated play space with local facilitators oriented by our Play Team.
  • Shared Phone/Meeting Space
  • Fast internet
  • Mothers’ Corner designed by Parents' Nook.
  • Your very own parent community to co-work with who are all-purpose aligned.
  • Access to a clean bathroom/changing station.
  • Your very own local online community of parents, educators and space collaborators to co-inspire and talk about everything parenting.
Reimagining Nooks as a Public Goods Scenario :
“As we move into the future, we want to ensure that human needs remain a key input of the socio-technical systems we are creating.”

We reimagine a world where Nooks collaborating with neighborhood public spaces may become a futuristic public good scenario, thus helping those spaces to become a networked hub that are a combination of co-working spaces and open ended play spaces for children. And supporting and regenerating the community economy.

We have always believed that as much as we are participating together in cyberspace, we are often physically and emotionally isolated in physical space, particularly as parents. Thus, these spaces provide the benefits of a community work environment, where parents can sit with like-minded adults engaging in work while kids play open-ended in a facilitated play space under the guidance of the play facilitators in the community who are oriented by our Play team. By providing this connection, the neighborhood community becomes self-sufficient with their co-working/socializing and self-care needs, thus taking parent-care to a whole new level.

“If a community values its children, it must cherish their parents” John Bowlby.

Who are we: We are a network of parents, educators, play advocates, space collaborators, technologists, researchers, community organizers,and artists trying to create the world we believe in. We believe these care spaces are essential to the survival and well being of parents and children.These micro communities would enable each community to design the circles in their own way overarching with our common set of beliefs. This would generate local coordination, trust and employment in the local community.Through this model we are remixing historical Cooperative Organization models with decentralized Web3 needs.

For more information about our location at Oakland Museum of California see here.

We will come up with more information and how you might be able to register, participate and share your ideas with us through a series of posts in the next few days.

With gratitude

Stewards

Parents’ Nook Community