Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Let's go to the bicycle workshop:
There where a couple of enthusiastic cyclists - a pretty unusual species in the topography of Wuppertal - wanting to tinker with their bikes in the open workshop of UTOPIASTADT. Not least because of the freshly built bike lane 'Nordbahntrasse' on the old railway passing behind UTOPIASTADT and the monthly offer of a bicycle repair cafe, the 'Mirker Schrauba' - they now call themselves - became increasingly popular.
By now, there is a free bicycle rental for the 'Nordbahntrasse' with almost fourty bikes, over hundered donated bicycles to be prepared for rental, a nicely restored trishaw and a politically well perceived initiative to make Wuppertal - despite it's topography - a bicycle city.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
While a group of TransZent-Students (TransZent is a center for transformation research and sustainability) are currently collecting all information for this asked qualitative and quantitative data, we here can state, that by now there are over a hundered active Utopists, a fablab with 3d-printer and laser cutter, a fully equipped open wood and bicycle workshop, urban gardening, a small concert hall, artist's workshops, exhibition rooms, approx. 25 coworking places constantly used by approx. 50 coworkers, design office, conference rooms, a hacker space and monthly repair cafes for bicycles and electric gadgetry. All gained with almost only personal commitment.
The society UTOPIASTADT e.V. has round 80 members.
The conference FORUM:MIRKE, a meetup of the Mirke quarter's active protagonists initialised by UTOPIASTADT ist meant to be funded by the latest councillor's decision.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
The mentioned councillor's decision further ruled the entry of the restoration of the train station building and its fore court into the urban development promotion programme and adopted an integrated action concept concerning the quarter Wuppertal-Mirke, strongly characterized by the developement of UTOPIASTADT. Especially the urban dev. prom. prog. is an important step towards the funding of the restoration, which is already signalised from the state's funding programme. This restoration is planned to root the whole project as long lasting and to gain more space for the increasing demands.