"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Monday, July 8, 2013


Location: Chicago, IL

Website: www.seepotentialchicago.org

SEEPOTENTIAL is a public art and community engagement project. We install large-scale documentary photographs to visualize community-driven development plans for Chicago's South Side and to tally the community support for each idea.

Our primary goal is to enable residents, community leaders, and elected officials to visualize the potential for sustainable, locally owned community development and to mobilize community support behind great ideas.
We've created a text messaging infrastructure and online mapping system to record and visualize the support at each SEEPOTENTIAL site,

Our community partners then use this data to launch their idea to the next level. For example, the data can be presented to banks to help convince them to give loans, or to local government to ensure support from elected officials.

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