Jane’s Walks are organized by local volunteers in over 200 cities around the world. With guidance from the Project Office in Toronto, these City Organizers work at the grassroots level to coordinate and support Walk Leaders, promote walks, and steward the movement locally.
City Organizers are the people who organize Jane's Walks in each city. Anyone can be a City Organizer. About half of City Organizers coordinate Jane’s Walks as part of their work for nonprofits, projects, initiatives, governments, architecture and consulting firms, and academic institutions. The other half are unaffiliated with an organization and coordinate Jane’s Walks as passionate, engaged everyday citizens who love their cities.
If you’re an organization or institution, Jane’s Walk can help you create more depth for your existing programs and expand your reach with very little heavy lifting. It’s easy and accessible, requires very little organizational capacity, can foster strategic alliances, and creates real change. If you’re an individual, organizing Jane’s Walks is a fun, easy way to give back to your community, lead change, and improve your city.
Jane’s Walk is a little different in every city, but all City Organizers have three core responsibilities.
1. To read the Jane's Walk Principles, agree to uphold them, and review any walks planned for their city to make sure they adhere to the Principles.
2. To organize Jane’s Walks, promote them, and serve as the primary contact for local media, Walk Leaders, and walk participants.
3. To liaise with the Project Office in Toronto as needed.
The City Organizer’s role is also to sustain the project locally and help it grow, so we also encourage and support City Organizers to:
- Conduct outreach to bring new voices--both Walk Leaders and participants--into city-building conversations.
- Create and manage local social media accounts.
- Provide Walk Leaders with training, guidance, and advice.
- Collect feedback from Walk Leaders and participants.
- Sustain momentum by building a local support base of Walk Leaders, volunteers, media, and community partners.
It depends on the size of your project. You can organize one walk or hundreds, depending on your desire and capacity to scale. Jane’s Walk works at five different scales -- Murmur, Buzz, Dialogue, Chorus, and Movement. We've compiled Murmur to Movement Guides with detailed how-to guidance and advice for City Organizers.
The Jane’s Walk Project Office leads from behind by providing City Organizers with what they need to successfully organize Jane’s Walks locally. In addition to providing information, training, resources, tech support, and advice, the Project Office helps City Organizers connect with each other to exchange knowledge and collaborate. The Project Office also serves as a liaison between City Organizers and global projects and initiatives related to city-building, Jane Jacobs, and urbanism.
Most Jane’s Walks happen during the official Jane’s Walk Festival weekend, which is always the first weekend in May. However, many City Organizers choose to hold festivals at other times of the year, or even organize walks year-round. We only require that each City Organizer coordinate at least one Jane’s Walk in their city each calendar year. City Organizers who do not coordinate at least one walk are considered to be inactive and will be removed as City Organizers.
If your city isn't on the Active Cities directory, it means you can become the City Organizer! There is no application. Simply raise your hand to become a City Organizer by answering a few questions below. The Project Office will then get you set up and be in touch with next steps.