I've been using the Equity-Centered Community Design field guide to inform my work for city government, and make city services more equitably designed. The field guide is very well organized and provides practical tactics for centering equity in work.
CRX Lab has an incredible mission in training Black and Latinx youth to be the next generation of equity designers, and I'm so honored to support this mission as a board member. I'll be attending my first immersive in the spring and I cannot wait.
For the past two years, we have worked with Creative Reaction Lab (CRL) to bring "Design to Better Your Community" workshops to residents in South Texas. These workshops are consistently rated as our top performing programs of the year, with our residents saying it allowed them to think differently about their community and their role as a change maker.
CRL's approach to equity building is like none other. Their focus in engaging youth, and living by progressive values (such as empathy) sets them apart from other nonprofits that offer community-building workshops.
Attending a CRL workshop is truly life and mind-changing. Working with them has been a complete delight. I cannot recommend this nonprofit enough.
I attended an immersive around Equity-Centered Community Design. The immersive was so insightful and thoughtful. I will be including the concept of the live expert in all my human-centered design work. That concept is so valuable in achieving meaningful and actionable outcomes in all design work. In addition, the team that put on the immersive embodied the concepts that the work espouses. I will be working to spread their work within my organization.
In addition to serving on the Board, I was a participant in an Equity by Design Immersive Series and LOVED it! Over the course of three days, I learned about the equity centered community design framework, the importance of centering and including living experts in program design, and what it means to be a design ally and equity designer. The staff are excellent facilitators as demonstrated by their ability to navigate difficult conversations, adapt to participant feedback and needs, and create an environment of fun and learning! Creative Reaction Lab also has other great community based programming and their mission of engaging Black and Latinx youth to be socially engaged as designers and allies is a model we should all follow. Antoinette and her small but mighty team are organized, responsive, knowledgeable, and overall, impressive!