By Sean Tubbs

Charlottesville Tomorrow

Thursday, August 5, 2010






Participants split into different break-out groups to come up with new ideas

How can non-profit organizations work together to help build a better community? That was the general question underlying “Civic Action,”, a recently concluded collaboration between the



Charlottesville Community Design Center

(CCDC) and the

Center for Non-profit Excellence

(CNE).

“The CCDC’s purpose is to use design as a process of engaging citizens and shaping the future of the community,” said Mandy Burbage, CCDC’s executive director. “We see design as a real tool to enlist citizens in becoming catalysts for positive community change.”

Twelve advocacy organizations in the community were paired with designers to develop messages to support their mission. A panel selected 12 finalists from a pool of 48 applicants. The CCDC hosted an exhibit this summer to show off posters that were developed.

The project generated ideas including the creation of a local food policy board, a “speed-dating event” to link non-profits with potential funders, and proposals for improving regional transportation planning.

The project culminated in a forum held on July 27, 2010 where representatives of the non-profits brought their ideas before City Councilors for feedback.


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