A young resident of the Lower East Side adds his vision for the future of the East Side Park for NYC Office of Public Imagination.

A young resident of the Lower East Side adds his vision for the future of the East Side Park for NYC Office of Public Imagination.

Approach

Success in today’s context means anticipating futures and adapting to the rapidly changing social, economic and environmental landscape. I am a designer who believes impactful social change occurs only when people are empowered to take greater agency with their lives.

I employ methods that allow individuals and groups to manage various aspects of their own lives with creative collaboration.

I begin my process by surveying those who might be involved, to gain insight into the context to identify areas of need. With the help of these stakeholders, I lead a series of creative problem solving workshops, encouraging exploration, play and creativity to explore urgent topics. This process is intended to help those involved create incremental, yet innovative solutions to age-old problems, like waste management or saving money.

These solutions act as entry-points into the possibilities that can address our daily and lifelong problems. At the same time, these approaches attempt to disassemble barriers that have traditionally stifled paths of collaboration between people, leading to lasting resilience on the neighborhood level.

 

Participants contribute ingredients and techniques to a collaborative recipe book for City Table.

Participants contribute ingredients and techniques to a collaborative recipe book for City Table.