How You Can Propose Ideas for Brownsville

January 30, 2011
By Alissa Walker

GOOD was asked to attend The Design Difference, a charrette held by the Japan Society, Common Ground, and the Designers Accord. In this series, we're examining design solutions to social problems and ways for designers to contribute pro bono work for the proposed solutions.

In early November, dozens of designers, activists, and urban leaders convened for The Design Difference, a problem-solving workshop to develop fresh ideas and creative thinking for Brownsville, an underserved urban neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The Design Difference brought active local community organizers together with attendees from as far away as Tokyo for the two-day event. First we headed to Brownsville where we saw its seemingly-intractable urban problems, but heard loud and clear from residents that "Hope Is Inside." We then met at the Japan Society in Manhattan for a day to brainstorm creative solutions. In this final piece in our series, I'll outline the ideas and show how designers can get involved in their implementation.