THE GREEN STREETS COLLABORATORY
The Green Streets Collaboratory works with low-income San Francisco public housing residents to tell and share their own stories. By identifying community and systemic challenges, and dialoguing about solutions, entrepreneurial residents are finding new ways of sustainably improving their living conditions, taking charge of their neighborhoods, and creating jobs.
COLLABORATIVE STORYTELLING, DESIGN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Our work centers around an ongoing cycle of working with low-income inner-city communities to create and share stories that re-imagine urban environments and catalyze sustainable community action. Successes range from the creation of recycling and composting jobs, to the renovation of a formerly violent public park into artistic space, green space, and connective social fabric. Our ever-evolving portfolio of documentary films, oral histories and sculptural multimedia installations catalyzes the stewardship of urban space by residents themselves, shows marginalized neighborhoods and communities in a positive light, and energizes a broad-based coalition in support of those communities’ self-empowerment.
Theory of Change
By engaging communities in collaboratively envisioning their environment and in sharing and discussing their own stories with civic leaders, public officials and private stakeholders, we forge entrepreneurial partnerships that break down barriers to opportunity and sustainability.
The narratives of Green Streets and the wider public housing community extend across media platforms, from online videos to interactive structures. Through collaborative, transmedia documentary storytelling and dissemination, we have improved local business viability and public safety, revitalized public parks and streetscapes, and coalesced diverse people to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
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The ongoing production and dissemination of documentary works since 2011 has engaged a disparate community of stakeholders in public housing, workforce-development, crime-prevention and conservation. Together, we can address issues that plague low-income neighborhoods across America, and inspire broad-based participation in the solutions.
Thank you to all of the partners who have made this project possible.