Roots & Remedies 2013...Imagining a Future Transformed by our Victories

The Design Studio had the opportunity to join over 200 activists from around the country in San Antonio this past weeked for Roots & Remedies 2, aka "Connect. Plot. Build." As Makani Themba, Executive Director of The Praxis Project, explained, "“From the Dreamers to the Dream Defenders, to the striking food and retail workers, people are standing up for justice all over the country, and, in fact all across the world. Roots & Remedies is the space where we bust out of the traditional silos, and create the space for organizers to strategize on their own terms.”

DS4SI helped break the silos down with a Vision Lab that took participants ahead to 2113 and a chance to work together to envision a future transformed by our victories of today...

More photos and video coming soon... More on the conference at Roots & Remedies.


Baratunde Thurston Coming to DS4SI!

DS4SI is excited to host our first "Almost Halfway to Black History Month" speaker! Baratunde Thurston is the author of New York Times' bestseller "How to Be Black", CEO and hashtagger-in-chief of the multi-talented  humor site Cultivated Wit, and former director of digital at The Onion.

Hope to see you there July 11th, from 6:30-8:30.


MPPP--What folks shared with us

After weeks of dissecting mounds of data, our talented project managers, Diego Perez Lacera and Corina McCarthy-Fadel teamed up with graphic designer Mikey Guadarrama to share back to you and the community what folks had to say about Uphams and the planning processes impacting their neighborhood.

For the FULL REPORT (including all raw data), CLICK HERE.

Once again, for the FULL REPORT (including all raw data), CLICK HERE.

And many thanks to our amazing artists--Cedric Douglas and Philippe Lejeune, our gracious hosts--Uphams Corner Main Street and the Strand, our program support--MIT's Civic Media Lab Co-Design Class, DSNI and Ines Soto-Palmarin, and our generous funders--The ArtPlace Initiative, The Boston Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and Open Society Foundation.


Photos From Making Planning Processes Public & A Blog Post

A blog post on about MPPP, check it out 

Photos taken throughout the week, take a look!



Data Synthesis for Making Planning Processes Public 

Data synthesis is underway! We spoke with hundreds of residents of Uphams Corner about the planning processes happening in their home during the MPPP exhibit. We are accounting the information gathered from residents and preparing to give it to the agencies involved in the planning processes. A full report is on the way. Here is a sample of what residents have to say:  

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