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Amplifying Creative Communities

Based on the premise that 'Good ideas can be amplified', Amplify works to uncover sustainable community initiatives and amplify them through support provided by service designers as part of DESIS. Who & what can declining cities uncover and amplify?

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Amplifying Creative Communities is a project of the DESIS Lab at Parsons The New School for Design, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund 2009.

The project aims to:
Find often-hidden examples of people who have organized their own resources for more sustainable city living

Learn how to create successful alternatives to the standard commercial and government services

Help those initiatives become easier and more enjoyable through service design

Show others how they could create similar alternatives for themselves

This project draws on research that has been conducted around the world for the last five years on design for social innovation and sustainability.

The Amplifying Creative Communities Project will run for two years. In 2010 we worked with community groups on the Lower East Side to identify examples of urban activism in the area. In 2011 we are working in the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. is a project of the DESIS Lab at Parsons The New School for Design, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund 2009.


[The slide shows on this page are also really interesting & a great resource of community driven change worldwide]

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This is really interesting for me. I like the idea of finding alternative for standard services. Mostly transforming public space to more practical space in my opinion is necessary for future urban communities. Also I think we need some new definitions for the urban lifestyle.

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