"I am safest when ________."
If you've never heard of Candy Chang, prepare to leap out of your seat—inspired and motivated to change your neighborhood, your city, your world.
If you have heard of her, then let's get right down it and chat about how her work can inspire research and ideas to address women's safety.
What I want to share today is more inspiration than research, continuing the conversation on working with, not for, communities.
Candy Chang is part artist, part urban designer.
Photo cred: http://candychang.com/
Perhaps her most famous is "Before I Die I want to________" (now also in book form), a simple blackboard-and-chalk concept to encourage her neighbors to share personal aspirations in public. Her work also includes sidewalk love notes with temporary chalk, a community chalkboard in a Johannesburg township, a catalogue of neighbor's flat arrangements via post-its, and much more.
These ones focused on improving neighborhoods I find particularly inspiring:
I Wish This Was — "fill-in-the-blank stickers as an experiment to see what might happen if we could easily say what we want in these vacant spaces"
Neighborland — "organizations can ask questions to gather feedback from their community about particular places and pair the online page with signs in public space"
Hypothetical Development — "a public art project that creates signs depicting fanciful futures for neglected buildings in New Orleans."
All images from Candy Chang's site, where you can learn more about each project:
Ladies and gents, boys and girls — To promote and further contribute to this challenge (and in honor of
International Women's Day, March 8), I would love it if you all shared a response to the following prompt.
"I am safest when _______."
Tweet a photo of you with your answer using
#womenssafety—or, if you're not on Twitter, email to email@example.com and I'll take care of it.
Even better: Conduct brief interviews in a low-income community near you, using this prompt, and share the photos as instructed above.