In 2011 we made a deep dive into the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint to interview 30 community organizations and leaders involved in many different forms of urban activism towards sustainability. The interviews did not follow a script but rather were open-ended conversations about issues such as transportation, water rights, sustainable food and emergent models of working and living. We interviewed people as close to the site of their work as possible i.e. at their office, near the waterfront or in a café.
Following the interviews, we read the transcripts carefully and determined four main themes, or the areas where creative citizens and organizations are collaborating to invent innovative solutions to overcome problems in their neighborhoods.
Creative Communities are groups of citizens whose actions bring positive change to their neighborhoods and the environment. They solve questions of everyday urban life by promoting simple, but often ingenious, solutions. These communities are often low profile and collaborative by nature. They may be community gardens or food co-ops, alternative childcare or organizers of a music festival.
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