Community Manager at SeeClickFix.com, a web and mobile web platform based here in New Haven. SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Launched in 2008, it empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together and improve their neighborhoods.
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The Community Tool Box is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting an Out of the Box Prize to honor innovative and promising approaches to promoting community health and development happening in communities worldwide. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 USD.
In an interview with Duke University's Faith & Leadership, John reflects on the genesis of asset-based community development and the role the church can play in helping people identify and leverage their strengths to empower their communities.
Get your biking, walking, dancing, and hula hooping shoes on! We’re excited to announce the upcoming 2015 National Open Streets Summit happening September 25-27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia! The 2015 National Open Streets Summit is co-hosted by the Open Streets Project, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Atlanta Streets Alive. The Open Streets Project is also collaborating with 8-80 Cities. The Summit will feature sessions [...]
Before the most recent Sunday Streets Missoula, organizers tried something new: they decided to put up temporary signs around the city with information about the upcoming event. The idea was simple: the signs would both help participants find their way to certain parts of the Sunday Streets route, and also remind people that Sunday Streets [...]
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is requesting proposals to host the 2015 Open Streets Summit. The Open Streets Summit is the only North American conference devoted exclusively to growing Open Streets. The 2015 event will be the third Summit – the most recent Open Streets Summit was held in Los Angeles in April 2014 [...]
Community colleges are having a moment. President Obama has been plugging the key role they can play in lifting communities. In a blog post, LISC Indy’s Bill Taft comments on the president’s visit, earlier this month, to Indianapolis’s Ivy Tech--a community college founded, with LISC’s help, in a repurposed hotel.
Always at the vanguard of financial innovation for community development, LISC is making the first-ever loans to help build charter schools through a new federal bond program. Geared to energizing disinvested neighborhoods, the bonds make it possible for LISC to channel $10 million to developing facilities that will serve some 1700 students each school year in Albany and Newark.
Good architecture has longevity. Such is the case in the Oak Park suburb of Chicago where a former Cadillac-Lasalle showroom was repurposed, with LISC's help, into 51 affordable apartments, and just won a prestigious architecture prize. The Chicago Tribune's design critic recently trumpeted the Grove Apartments' great bones and intelligent conversion to housing in an ever more walkable area—ironic, given that the building was conceived as a portal to the automobile age.