This workshop will help participants understand how to effectively identify project needs and successfully develop collaborations with community-based partners. The Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and Hester Street Collaborative will share case studies from their own work using the “resource ally” model in which their work — developing research, policy, popular education tools, community planning and design support — is driven by the needs of community partners. We will explore what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to partnering with grassroots organizations; help participants to identify authentic, community-driven need for social impact projects; understand how to analyze the landscape of an issue you are interested in; and explore what effective partnerships looks like.
Alexa Kasdan, Director of Research and Policy, Community Development Project, Urban Justice Center
Christine Gaspar, Executive Director, Center for Urban Pedagogy
Dylan House, Community Design Director, Hester Street Collaborative