We take a different approach to building resilience in neighborhoods.
Our passion for the health of cities and the people who live in them has driven the development of a proven, replicable model for creating sustainable, thriving neighborhoods. Community engagement, connected systems and restorative environmental design are at the core of our work toward building resilience. Learn more about our unique approach to addressing the racial and economic inequities endemic to cities across the nation.
We want to make cities better for everyone.
How Our Differences Drive Success
Over nearly two decades of work and listening, learning and reflection, we’ve refined a model that cultivates neighborhood resilience from the inside out. We strive for organic growth of social and economic opportunities through these essential elements:
- Community Engagement: We enter our work at the invitation of the community. We lead by convening people and partners. We marshal resources to support transformation that’s community-dreamed and resident–driven.
- Connected Systems: The systems of a neighborhood — food, education, green space and infrastructure, and more — these connected components must be considered simultaneously to elevate the resilience of a neighborhood and its people.
- Our Theory of Action: Our model purposely recognizes the interconnectedness of people, places, policies and systems. It is not linear, but rather an ongoing loop of continuous feedback. With learning informing action, there’s growth for all involved.
Success Looks Like…
For us, success is most often defined through the eyes of the community. It may take the form of a community garden, the transfer of program stewardship, or the emergence of strong civic leadership and engagement. Though we maintain a long-term presence in the communities in which we undertake projects, community ownership is our ultimate goal. Success means we step back as residents step forward.