Echoing Green Announces 2016 Fellowship Award for Designing Justice +Designing Spaces

Today it was announced that the new organization I started with my business partner Kyle, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, has been awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship!


Here are some deets:

About Echoing Green


For nearly 30 years, Echoing Green has supported next-generation talent in solving the world’s biggest problems. These leaders spend their lives working with purpose and define their generations. They make society better.

Echoing Green has established a global community of emerging leaders – over 700 and growing – who have launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, and more. Echoing Green is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to support its mission. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green unleashes tracks down the best and the brightest leaders, brings them together, and launches them on their path to success.

About the Fellowship

This year Echoing Green reviewed 2,077 applications from 120 countries, which represent meaningful trends from the front lines of social change.

This year’s Fellows are split almost evenly between for-profit (43 percent) and nonprofit organizations (39 percent). An additional 14 percent have a hybrid model, and 4 percent are not yet decided. The top five issue areas for selected Fellows are:

  1. Poverty alleviation and economic development (24 percent)
  2. Education (23 percent)
  3. Environment (14 percent)
  4. Health and healthcare (10 percent)
  5. Food and agriculture (9 percent)

DJ+DS is one of 33 innovators in the 2016 Fellowship class who will further develop social enterprises that address some of the world’s most intractable challenges around economic development, racial and gender equality, food security, and the environment including our dear friend Damon Packwood and Quardean Lewis-Allen. This award provides all the Fellows with an opportunity to become part of a select global network of leaders identified by Echoing Green as dramatic, scalable, and important to the progress of the world. Fellows will access a community of funders, investors, and entrepreneurs across issue areas, geographies, and disciplines.  Fellow will also receive seed funding available for two years to support the continued growth of their organizations.

About DJ+DS

Echoing Green

Echoing Green Finalist Portrait

So for those of who don’t what WE do now here is the mission:

At Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS), we believe that the built environment embodies many of our society’s gross inequities. Through our innovations in architecture and real estate development, we seek to end the crisis caused by mass incarceration by supporting reentry and diversion programs/ practices such as restorative justice. With our non-profit, government and community partners, we co-create new prototypes, such as peacemaking centers, mobile classrooms, and housing for foster age youth. Together, we harness the power of the built environment to create triple bottom line equity and support the success and expansion of restorative justice, education, and workforce development programs.

Thank you to everyone who supported us on this year’s journey to get here including our board, friends, volunteers and family. I personally could not do any of this without you and it means more than you know.





Ready to Launch

Its been quite a week for me filled with good news. We are moving into our final workshop at San Quentin exploring the intersection of restorative justice and design, Artichoke released the talk I gave last year at Lumiere and the School on Wheels has started an incredible branding process with the Google Brand Lab and Ana Teresa Fernandez.


However the most exciting thing of all is that the School on Wheels is finally under construction!


Launch Party Flyer

This is perfect timing given that (June 7, 2016)  Today, ArtPlace America announced that the Pop-up Resource Village is one of 80 projects that it will consider for its 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund.

These 80 projects are 6% of the 1,361 initial applications that ArtPlace reviewed.

ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program that invests money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts activity will help drive community development projects that are addressing challenges or opportunities related to agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health, housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.

Pop up Resrouce Village Cover Slide Image 1

Building on its School on Wheels Project and Women’s Shelter Bus, we proposed the development of an entire mobile resource village that will bring much needed resources to the Bayview Hunters Point community in San Francisco.  I will partner with the founder of Pop-up Hood Sarah Filley and the San Francisco Sherriff’s Department’s 5 Keys Schools and Programs as well as many others to create this new prototype for social change.( The complete list of the 2016 finalists for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here. )

For those of you who don’t know ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partners foundations, along with 8 federal agencies and 6 financial institutions, that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

I am so excited we made it to this final stage and look forward to keep the village moving!