Powerful Pathways is a creative civic design lab and consultancy that works in policy, community development and the arts using creative media tools, applying design thinking principles and a social equity lens. Their mission is to facilitate social change through consulting, programming and training to non-profits, government agencies and social enterprises.
- Designing strategic events in the areas of Urban Policy & Placemaking
- Creative Public Engagement and User Experience Strategy
- Cultural Competency, Diversity & Inclusive Community Planning workshops
- Program Design, Development
- Project Technical Assistance
They intentionally prioritize distressed and under-served communities, locally, nationally and abroad. They also organize community initiatives, workshops and civic hacks – events that highlight innovative interventions that disrupt urban and civic challenges.
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Mattapan Open Streets/Open Studios
A placemaking initiative in Boston’s most underserved neighborhood. More info at www.mattapanopenstudios.com
The Forum on Engaging Immigrant Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners
A biennial forum designed to educate, support and network small business and entrepreneurship programs in order to better serve immigrant-owned businesses and startups. Learn more about the forum at http://baystatebanner.com/news/2015/nov/18/immigrants-grow-mass-economy/
Boston’s Black and Brown Creatives: Redefining the Creative Class (BBBC)
We manage an online of currently over 930 Boston area artists, designers, architects and other creatives of color. We also organize live BBBC events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BostonPOCCreatives
Gentrification Intervention & Prevention Open Source Portal (pilot)
We are developing an interactive multi-media open-source land use and housing data website to track all the qualitative and quantitative elements of displacement.
Social Enterprise Micro-Finance Program
Doing community focused work can be hard, and sometimes getting funded is even harder. As part of our commitment to social justice and community, Powerful Pathways is offering 0% interest micro-loans and mini grants social impact organizations and small businesses.
Occasionally we organize public events and workshops on urban topics, urban development, cultural and historical walking tours, and “civic hacks”– events that disrupt normative thinking and approaches to social challenges and urban issues.
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