Spring 2018 — Workshop #5: Community Development of the Mind

When Asiaha Butler told us, “this is community development of the mind,” I saw nearly everyone in the room spontaneously nod, smile, and start scribbling in their notes. Urban planner and data mapping extraordinaire Steven Vance even bolded it in his notes on our shared Google Docs Agenda… twice. I think this statement impacted us so strongly because it concisely captured the essence of Englewood’s unique problems and Asiaha’s unique solutions; throughout her talk, she illustrated the interconnectedness of emotion, thought, and the physical environment of her neighborhood. Asiaha’s conviction to help Englewood began at a time when the news reported nothing but violence and chaos and ignored

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