Do you have an idea for a community project, but aren't sure how to get started?
In this three hour intensive class, you'll learn a simple step-by-step approach to turn an inspired idea into a project that will make a difference in your community. You'll learn about the barriers you may encounter along the way, how to effectively work through them, and finally - you'll learn how to talk about your project to anyone with passion and encourage others to get involved!
HOW THIS CLASS WORKS // THE FORMAT:
This class is formatted as a workshop. You bring ideas for potential projects and we work together to turn one of your inspired ideas into an executable community-based project.
First 2/3 of the Class: Lecture + Workshop
I'll lecture on the important phases of a community-based project, share examples of effective projects, and discuss the critical concepts you'll need to know to work through a project from ideation to execution.
Afterwards, I'll guide you through a series of worksheets/exercises designed to help you clarify and refine your unique ideas and the overarching intention for your project. Once you've arrived at a clear and exciting idea, you'll create a plan for execution with specific milestones, actions, and anticipated outcomes.
Last 1/3 of the Class: Presenting Ideas
During this portion of the class, you'll learn to present your work in a way that expresses the full potential of the project and encourages others to get involved. You'll share your idea with the class (It isn't as scary as it sounds, I promise!) and receive constructive, positive feedback that will boost you out into your community to get work done!
IS THIS CLASS FOR YOU?
This class is for anyone interested in creating a project and making a positive difference in their community. You must be willing to participate, but you don't need any special skills or experience - just an idea (or ideas), a notebook, and a positive attitude!
If you still aren't sure if this class would be ideal for you, please contact me and we can discuss your unique goals and background to see if it's the right fit!
WHAT TO BRING:
Ideas, a notebook, and something to write with.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN.
Over the course of this workshop, you'll learn....
...to refine a series of ideas into an inspired project.
...to become a leader in your community.
...to work through the barriers that would otherwise stop you from taking action.
...to "manage" a community-based project.
...to become comfortable speaking about and sharing your wonderful ideas.
...to encourage others to get involved.
195 Morgan Avenue
6:30 - 8:20 pm: Lecture + Project Planning
8:20 - 8:30 pm: Short Break
8:30 - 9:30 pm: Presentations (Casual, Non-threatening, Fun!) + Feedback
[Note: If presentations go less than an hour, we may end a bit early.]
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ESTAdd to Cal
I'm a Brooklyn-based humanitarian designer who believes in exploring, taking on big problems, and maintaining a state of wild optimism.
I'm trained in architecture, with a focus on crisis and community-based issues. Through my work I've taken on a variety of social issues, such as homelessness, disaster response and reconstruction, affordable housing, and user-generated urban environments.
I created my first community-based project, The Homeless Shift Project, in 2008. This project is a grassroots initiative that pairs socially responsible design and supportive programming to better prepare homeless women for their life after the New York City Shelter system. Since creating this initiative, I've presented it by invitation at Pecha Kucha Miami and the American Institute of Architects National Convention in 2010. The project was also featured at Design Like You Give A Damn Live, a forum on humanitarian design and community development. It received a second place award at this event in 2011.
In addition to working on projects I've created, I've been involved in helping others develop their own projects since 2009, where I began working closely with Architecture for Humanity NY and served on the board of directors. As the Director of Projects, I worked closely with people who wanted to take on community-based projects and guided them through the process of refining their ideas and creating an executable project. Some of the initiatives I advised on include a project for a tutorial program in East Harlem, a mobile yoga studio to serve under-priviledged populations in NYC, and an organic food production pod.
If you have any questions about me or my class, please contact me!