Social impact starts with empowerment. Our space placed in communities will help citizens gain a voice into solving problems. We base all our decisions on EMPATHY. Imagine if there was a place you could go in your community to report or document a need that you physically witnessed. Image people coming to a place to solve those pressing community issues. What if you could lend your talent to help make your community a better place.
The Community Empathy Lab is that space where you could come to lend a hand. Actively teaching the community how to gain and apply empathy to a specific community. Solving challenges that deal with local problems. These problems will also be gathered through community input on blackboards, or online. Then an individual member of a community can come and add a need that they are aware of. This can be personal, or on behalf of someone else. It is from these needs that we can create challenges for individuals to solve.
The Lab will connect to our own participants, community, local non-profits and churches to solve these problems. This will be done through volunteer days in collaboration with these organizations.
In the rural town I live in people often work seasonally, It is our hope to create labor needs in the community aka jobs. This element of our lab will help others gain personal dignity by providing day labor, contract work from local businesses as well as RFP (request for proposal) opportunities. We hope to also help develop entrepreneurship and small businesses that address specific community needs.
The final element of the lab is a tool lending library. Many people struggle to get things accomplished in their lives because they can't afford the tools to do so. We will model this tool library off of Missoula Urban Demonstration Project in Missoula, Montana. It will start off small but grow over time.