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Community Innovation Lab - Realizable Proposals for the Community

The Community is Invited

Graduate students from Harvard's Community Innovation (CI) Lab will give their final (nine) presentations at a community event sponsored by the Madison Park Development Corporation on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street in Roxbury.

CI Lab Presentations
Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street, Roxbury
4:00pm - 8:00pm

CI Lab stands for "Community Innovation Lab," a course facilitated by two Harvard University Schools and the City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics.  At the outset of the course, community partners paired with CI lab graduate students and identified important local issues.  The graduate students then worked collaboratively to develop what they call "realizable" proposals which feature technological solutions. 

Following the course completion, the Mayor's New Urban Mechanics Department has the responsibility to follow-up with community partners for the implementation phase.

Community partners include:
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • Uphams Corner Main Street
  • Orchard Gardens Residents Association
The "local issues" all relate to challenges associated with each of these groups.

Topics Important to Uphams Corner

While the students are covering a broad range of topics for several community partners, some topics are specific to Uphams Corner.  According to Max MacCarthy, executive director of Uphams Corner Main Street, students from the CI lab have been addressing three topics important to the Uphams Corner business district.
  1. Strand Theater/district business recruitment
  2. Activating the Dorchester North Burying Ground
  3. Engaging the community on an Upham's Corner "brand" or "identity"

To see student work on these and other topics, click here

December 3, 2012 is the day that nine student presentations will be given followed by a reception to celebrate their work.  Plan to attend this wonderful event to help guide the future of our community.
CI Lab

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Posted: December 2, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

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