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Digging Deeper Into Community (Re)Building Through Interactive Storytelling

by Luisa Dantas

December 15, 2013

 
This experimental platform invites users to dig deeper into multifaceted stories linking post-Katrina displacement to the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast, public housing redevelopment in Chicago to gentrification in Brooklyn, youth organizing in Boston to participatory budgeting initiatives in New York and New Orleans, and more. By housing these diverse stories in one interactive space, LandofOpportunity encourages users to think beyond single-issue silos and contribute to a growing dialogue around solutions to the complex and systemic issues that impact the daily existence and future growth of our communities.

These interactive stories feature content from an accomplished and diverse group of mediamakers, including Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean, (director and producer of My Brooklyn, the acclaimed documentary about gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn), Mark Lipman and Leah Mahan (producers of the documentaries Holding Ground and Gaining Ground about the power of community organizing in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston), Ronit Bezalel (director of the films Voices of Cabrini and 70 Acres in Chicago, on the redevelopment of the Cabrini Green housing development in Chicago), and Bridge the Gulf, a multimedia site devoted to fostering citizen journalism on the Gulf Coast. It also features reports, research, and calls to action from educators, advocates, and researcher partners (including National Housing Institute/Shelterforce, New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance, prominent author and housing expert Edward Goetz and more).

As we learned in New Orleans, how we (re)build our increasingly vulnerable communities just might be the defining challenge of the 21st century. We’re excited about how this platform can broaden and deepen conversations about urban justice and community rebuilding, and allow for more informed and connected analysis and action. We encourage users to explore how crises (economic, natural, or manmade) are shaping their communities—and to add their voices to those demanding a role in determining the future of their homes and neighborhoods. The struggle for urban justice—and now the conversation around equitable rebuilding—is happening to a city near you.
 
* Note: The platform is a work-in-progress in beta and currently works best on laptops or tablets with a high-speed internet connection and updated browsers.

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