Some updates are due :
- Meeting with Municipality Consultant from Eng. Dept. following the SOS.
- Phone call with Arnona official , through another official in TA Muni that went to inquire for TAMI on our behalf , also following the SOS.
Meeting summary with municipality consultant.
Present: Kfir, Jonathan, Consultant
Intro: consultant works with TA Muni Engineering Dept on conservation of communities that strengthen the urban fabric, saw our SOS and decided to help.
~“TAMI is the sort of urban community the dept. consultant works with would like to see existing”~
Meeting was part interviewing & getting to know TAMI as part of a larger scale research on such communities ,part brainstorming with tips to consider.
All the information TAMI provided was passed on (Arnona round 3 - focus group for artists and makers of Tel Aviv) to Engineering dept.
It would seem that despite a lot of other depts. with good will in the municipality, the Arnona dept, as the Muni’s primary “bread-bringer” has a near-god status.
Impression we got is that TAMI got under the consultant’s skin .
Here are notes and tips from the brainstorm:
- Arnona route quite likely maxed-out. Time to starting looking into non-arnona routes, or atvl non-TelAviv-arnona routes.
- In Tel Aviv there are many abandoned locations, some are available for grabs.
- Official routes for grabbing them are usually slow but they can very well work.
- If understood correctly, the body behind this official route is this: https://www.reality-fund.com/
FOMO: leverage previous offers to move out of Tel Aviv (e.g. https://groups.google.com/d/msg/hasadna/ej4T_d2yb6M/cpTeRPtiDgAJ)
- Grants from other places in the municipality https://www.tel-aviv.gov.il/About/Pages/Support.aspx
- other directions to check:
9.1. Innovation authority
9.2 Israeli Institute for innovation
9.3. sharing economy, complementary economy, circular economy
9.4. Global City Ir Olam
9.5. Heinriech Bell foundation
9.6. Gandir Foundation
9.7. Shahaf foundation
9.8. City Resilience http://www.israelurbanforum.org.il/כלים-לפיתוח-חוסן-עירוני/
Call summary with Arnona official
TLDR: Arnona direction is probably not worth our time (at least not in the city of Tel Aviv).
Tagline(s): We gotta tool up & we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them).
Arnona official “knows our case very well” .
He quoted facts that were at best inaccurate, many were no longer relevant or irrelevant, such as a: “dorms in the gallery” " we’re 182sqm" (now 201sqm), that “there’s an airplane hanging in the hall” , “an MD Dr in the Amuta”, and primarily that we’re “closed to the Makers community”, which “represents a very small fraction (פרומיל) of the people in the city in percentage”.
I tried to explain we’re open to everyone, marketing this is a work in progress.
~“Just because I claim to open my house and claim to allow anyone make an omelet in it, does not mean that’s actually what happens~”
Didn’t feel it was the right setting to tell him about my vegan tendencies or to ask about his proposed system for shakshouka.
Generally it felt I was cornered into arguing about the details when in fact the official sees “the big picture” through softer arbitrary criteria that do not appear in the official criteria.
The official already “did us a favour” in reducing from 385NIS/sqm/yr (Businesses Arnona) to 167NIS/sqm/yr for workshops.
He will not argue if legally we’re entitled to מוסד מתנדב Volunteering Organization status (following the result of our plea -see section B.4. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Bh2ErV012HxWkPRkVvFci20l8Jcup71gamtxZefzp4M/),
HOWEVER he said that it will only save us an additional ~8000NIS per year (167 - 385 / 3 ) nis/sqm/yr * 201sqm and stated that "it will not be worth it economically because the new volunteering status will remove the require lots of licensing " (such as insurance [which we’re looking into anyway Draft insurance policy for review], accessibility, building code, fire safety etc) which will cost TAMI a lot more.
So yes it sounded like it was given as a warning and a threat that they will not let us pass so easily even if we win the Mosad Mitnadev, rather than seen as opportunity to extend our community outreach because he decided that we always have been and decided to remain a closed club.
Questions I was grilled for: how many people arrive to TAMI, what’s the portion of people who come to TAMI who are not makers, where did we advertise TAMI.
I wasn’t exactly given a chance to answer them.
Continued conversation from the non-Arnona muni official: was happy to conclude that other directions worth pursuing are particularly those for income rather than reducing costs.
Was not particularly pleased to hear about the non-arnona routes.
Meanwhile in TAMI:
Details coming soon (on the wiki!)