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Chelsea Johnson and Brad Leibin from David Baker Architects talk about “Local Cache,” DBA’s concept for the Resilient SF design challenge, an initiative of Public Architecture that focuses on using design as a tool to foster social resiliency

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Photo Courtesy of the SFPL

In this podcast, Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco’s new poet laureate, talks about his history as a poet and community activist, and his involvement with the acquisition of the building that is now Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. As the new poet laureate, Alejandro is charged with organizing events with various communities and youth at the San Francisco Public Library. Tune in to hear what else he has in store for his two-year tenure, and to hear one of his newest poems, “Mission Vision”.

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This podcast was produced by Cristal Fiel for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Deep Roots series. The executive producer is Robynn Takayama. To hear more audio segments about art in our communities, please visit

San Francisco Poet Laureate is a program of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library

Thank you to Arts Commissioner John Calloway for use of his song, ‘Roll Call’ in the podcast.

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The Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a coalition of organizations from all sectors which are committed to supporting communities becoming safer, cleaner and healthier places to live and work. The NEN is honored to have Neighborland join this illustrious group.

Born in the communities of New Orleans as they work together to rebuild their great City, Neighborland is now ready to bring its clean and simple platform for local idea generation to San Francisco.

Over the last few months Dan Parham, founder of Neighborland, had been working with the NEN team to learn more about culture of our neighborhoods and how they share and build community around great ideas. With this input they have already begun to fine tune the site in an effort to meaningfully contribute to the work of our community leaders. In the coming weeks we hope to announce several projects that Neighborland will be supporting our communities’ efforts.

For now, visit their site – post an idea and share with your neighbors what you want in your neighborhood.

If you would like to learn more, here is a recent article on Neighborland from NPR.




The NEN is proud to announce the release of Resilientville, a brand new group exercise that helps communities see the power, and long term benefits, of inclusive decision making at the neighborhood level.

Created by working group comprising of the City Administrator’s Office, the Dept. of Emergency Management and San Francisco State’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Resilientville builds on the themes of FEMA’s “Whole Community Approach”, by offering a fun interactive exercise that people can easily participate in and learn valuable lessons.

So visit the online home for Resilientville, check out the testimonials and then download the exercise for yourself. If you’d like to run the exercise in your community, just drop us a line and we’ll help you make it happen.



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