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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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Lynn Luckow, President & CEO, Craigslist Foundation

On June 2, 2011, hundreds of people who are passionate about their communities – from local government to neighborhood activists to nonprofit leaders – will gather for Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp to connect with one another, grow their skills and expand the tools and resources they use to strengthen and enrich their neighborhoods.
Boot Camp includes keynote presentations, more than 20 workshops and discussions, and interactive sessions where attendees get to learn not just from session leaders but also from one another. Two workshop themes that will be explored this year are collaboration and storytelling:



The current economic crisis drives the demand for workshops that address collaboration, facilitation and the skills to successfully lead collaborative organizations. With ever more limited funds and resources, we have to work better together. But working together presents new challenges and requires new leadership skills. In addition to a NEN-led workshop on “Community Engagement 2011” we’ll offer workshops on Courageous Leadership,  “Using Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy to Strengthen Neighborhoods,” as well as hands on skills for facilitation and collaboration and “Creating a Shared Vision for Your Community.â

In a session led by Joe Lambert of Center for Digital Storytelling, attendees will learn to craft and record meaningful stories from their lives or their organizations and share these stories in ways that enable learning, build community, and inspire justice. Several other workshops will demonstrate how to identify and utilize opportunities to tell their story, easy ways to use digital images and video to bring the story to life, as well as platforms for discovering and sharing best practices.

This year we are also excited to publicly present our new online program, LikeMinded, an innovative community storytelling platform generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Like Boot Camp, LikeMinded is all about connection and collaborative learning, and serves to help success stories travel better between communities throughout the country.

We should all live in great communities. Strong, healthy, democratic, sustainable, collaborative places. We built LikeMinded to make that happen, and make it possible for good ideas to travel from your block to every block. Take a look at,  and share stories of your good work for others to learn and get inspired by today. And as a friend of NEN, save 25% on Boot Camp through Friday, April 15.


Lynn Luckow

Craigslist Foundation,

President & CEO


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