Share Your Voice is investigating how access to actionable information can empower residents of the Fillmore to share their voices and inspire increased engagement within the community. By increasing open dialogue among diverse residents, members of the community will not only share their own voices, but will also have the opportunity to connect with and hear the voices of others. A community of residents who are more connected and informed are also better equipped to act collectively, both in times of crisis and on an ongoing basis, in developing a shared vision for the future of the neighborhood.
About The Project: The Future of Information In the Fillmore
Through direct engagement, we discovered that many residents of the Fillmore feel a lack of information about what’s going on in the neighborhood beyond their individual social networks. There is often a disconnect between residents living directly across the street from each other, as well as between organizations operating in separate circles.
A divided community is inherently less resilient, and siloed individuals have a lower capacity to address ongoing social and political challenges that face their evolving neighborhood.
However, many organizations in and around the Fillmore are actively bringing positive change to the community, working to make the neighborhood more safe, improving parks and transportation, increasing cultural activity, opening new businesses, and addressing unfair housing issues. Many of these organizations invite participation and input on their initiatives, but often lack the means to engage a wider audience. Most communication channels are either siloed and address specific micro communities, or are broadcast via online or print media with little opportunity for depth of engagement.
We imagine a future in which these change-making organizations have a multi-directional communication channel to encourage discovery of various initiatives, engage a wider audience, and invite conversation and participation from more residents. For example, the organizers of a park improvement project may activate the park with information that solicits input throughout the design process and encourages residents to participate in determining the future of the space. As individuals are increasingly informed and included in projects throughout the community, and see results of their input, the possibility emerges for system-wide civic engagement and public participation.
We are working in partnership with the New Community Leadership Foundation.