Civic Voice Programs
CIVIC STORYTELLING EVENTS
These periodic events will be public screenings with discussion, aimed primarily at younger residents, featuring historically and culturally significant films. The inaugural event took place just before Christmas 2017 at Paradise at Parkside in Washington, DC, and was a collaborative effort between NAC, Paradise leadership, and LA-based filmmaker Davy Rothbart, whose acclaimed 2013 documentary Medora was the centerpiece of the event and the subject of lively discussion between Dr. Austin and a large group of young residents. Check out the video below to see more!
BIRTHDAY CARD NETWORK (In Development)
This local civic engagement project, managed and carried out by community greeters, brings neighborhood resilience and community identity through networks based on the distribution of birthday cards to the adult residents of all NPLLC Communities.
SELF-LEADERSHIP FOR MEN AND BOYS (In Development)
Men and boys continue to be an issue in our neighborhoods. Yet we have a firm foundation of residents who are maintaining resilient structures to make their neighborhoods livable. The idea behind self-leadership is that the individual begins a course that stresses personal leadership--that is, that the individual’s process of taking personal ownership and responsibility for what is to take place in his or her life rests upon his or her own initiative. The structure of this process, as laid out in Bobby Austin’s book I’ll Make Me a World (2008), are: to dialogue; to hear; to understand personally; to understand collectively; to script out; to use mental models; to act; and to be present and at peace. We would introduce this system of thought into the neighborhoods for men and boys - and for all adults.