Have you ever considered:
How to achieve long-term community development? How to make sure that the people largely affected by your project also serve as key decision makers? Which skills and gifts do you, community members and other participants possess that will benefit the community improvement efforts? Which partnerships are vital in achieving your goals?
This workshop will guide you towards answering these questions in pursuing a community development project that pertains to your interests.
This workshop was held on January 25, 2013 as part of the second annual MCSE symposium.
Edie Stone Director, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation GreenThumb Program New York, NY
Edie Stone has been the Director of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation GreenThumb Program since 2001. GreenThumb supports community efforts to create and maintain over 500 community gardens throughout the city. Prior to joining GreenThumb, Ms. Stone worked for The Council on the Environment of New York City where she was active in helping community gardeners organize politically to work towards preservation of their garden sites. Ms. Stone is a former editor of the Council on Economic Priorities “Corporate Environmental Data Clearinghouse” and a contributor to the organization’s publication “Shopping for a Better World.” Ms. Stone is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and attended the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.
Kenneth Williams ’12 Outreach Coordinator for the GreenThumb Program, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation New York, NY
Kenneth Williams recently graduated from Middlebury College in the spring of 2012. Since graduating he has worked for the GreenThumb Program as the Outreach Coordinator for the community gardens in Manhattan. He coordinates workshops, facilitates events and serves as the first line of communication to community gardeners in the city. Prior to working with GreenThumb, he began a summer program in the South Bronx with a group of fellow students from his graduating class. The program focuses on environmental education and remains based in the Bronx Academy of Letters’ (BAL) school garden created by members of BAL and Middlebury College. He continues to work with the school and his fellow program coordinators to offer an internship for Middlebury College students to work at BALs’ school garden.