What if we stopped underestimating communities of color?

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In 27 years, people of color will emerge as the US' New Majority.

In 27 years, people of color will emerge as the US’ New Majority.

But they’re noticeably absent from the civic systems making decisions in their communities and individual lives: untapped human capital civil society can put to work.

We hire everyday people of color to collect and analyze data in their own communities.

Our Problem Solvers then use that data to launch community-derived, community funded ventures that address issues they’ve identified.

Here’s the 15-second version:

And here are some videos that give more details
on our method and theory of change:

Derwin and Vedette at the New Profit Gathering of Leaders

How our Community Advisory Councils work

Vedette on community visioning

Derwin on why he launched New Majority Community Labs

Our data projects cultivate a “kick-butt” attitude among residents.

We jump start that feeling that one can truly make a difference–intrinsic in many of us but lacking in communities of color.

Our data projects match local cultures because they’re guided by residents.

We rely on our program participants to craft data collection methods that match a community’s unique language, customs, and spirit.

Our data projects build capable institutions in minority communities.

Our nonprofit and government allies learn how to substantively partner with communities of color, not “grant upon” them.

Our data projects build cross-cultural leadership.

We bring residents, nonprofits, and government together to build democratic, participatory decision making to minority communities.

We're not naïve.

We’re not naïve.

We’ve already proven that communities of color are capable of identifying and solving their own civic challenges.

CLEVELAND | 15 problem solvers created solutions to their community’s health disparities that were better tailored than those of nonprofits, academics, and bureaucrats. They led their neighbors in planting more than 200 backyard gardens, building a gym, and hosting cooking and fitness classes.

DURHAM | Neighbors recruited a police officer to live in a high-crime area by heavily subsidizing the officer’s housing costs. No serious crime has been reported on the street in 7.5 years.

 

It’s been proven domestically and internationally that organic community development works better than imposed solutions.

Check out:
Leadership for a Fractured World
Rebuilding Native Nations
The State of Native Nations
“Public Narrative, Collective Action, and Power”
“Development Projects That Didn’t Work: The Perils of Narrow Approaches to Complex Situations”

 

We also acknowledge that our approach is merely one step in a marathon toward self-determination, but we have to try something new now.

 

OUR VISION
All communities can face reality themselves by solving problems and seizing opportunities. That’s real leadership. That’s self-determination.

We are frontier guides.

We came from and still live in communities of color. Each day, we cross cultures to spark multi-sectoral change in the US and UK.

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DERWIN DUBOSE, MPA   email118
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Derwin is a data-driven, passionate equity warrior. Internationally recognized as a nonprofit thought leader, Derwin has raised $6.5 million for nonprofits and political campaigns engaging low-income communities,including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Communities in Schools. He’s built policy coalitions that have expanded minority ballot access.

Derwin was an inaugural Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and a columnist for Nonprofit Quarterly. Before he wet to Harvard, Derwin was a school janitor, mowed lawns, waited tables, clerked at a pharmacy, and drove an Uber. Derwin is a native of Meridian, Mississippi, and was named a modern civil rights leader by the AARP. Please don’t call him on Wednesday at 9:00 PM, when Empire airs.

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VEDETTE GAVIN, MPA, MPH   email118
CO-FOUNDER AND PARTNER

As a public health practitioner and catalyst for community change, Vedette has focused on eliminating health disparities in communities of color through community engagement and systems change. Vedette currently serves as the Director of Research and Partnerships at the Conservation Law Foundation, where she researches the relationship between urban development, the built environment and health.

Vedette was the Director of Community Engagement at the Case Western Reserve Center for Reducing Health Disparities where she launched Healthy Eating Active Living, a community-led partnership that engaged more than 2,200 Cleveland residents in transforming neighborhood conditions to foster better health. Her work is recognized by the American Public Health Association, Centers for Disease Control and Public Health England. She is a total foodie.

 

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JOSHUA PATTERSON, MS
CONSULTING DATA ENGINEER

Josh is Presidential Innovation Fellow with the Obama Administration. Prior to the White House, Josh was Data Science Principal at Accenture Technology Labs, where he was the visualization lead for Data Insights. Josh has led advanced analytics projects across several sectors, including financial services with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, state and federal government, and commercial real estate. His current passion is advanced visualization and story telling with data, and some of his work can be seen at www.hotshotcharts.com and www.disasterviz.com.

We partner with amazing organizations.

We partner with amazing organizations.

We work with nonprofits who’ve earned communities of color’s trust, we have great consulting partners, and we’ve been honored to be part of two incubators.

We have rockstar advisors.

We have rockstar advisors.

Sheila C. Johnson, Advisory Board Chair: CEO, Salamander Hotels and Resorts (Middleburg, VA)

Patricia Bellinger: Executive Director, Harvard Center for Public Leadership (Brookline, MA)

Mayor Bill Bell of Durham, NC

Tiziana Dearing: Associate Professor for Macro Practice, Boston College School of Social Work (Boston, MA)

Carol Goss: Retired CEO and President, The Skillman Foundation (Detroit, MI)

Deborah Hughes Hallett: Professor of Mathematics, University of Arizona and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Tuscon, AZ)

Lynn Holmes: Visiting Fellow, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy (Durham, NC)

David King: Faculty Chair, Harvard Kennedy School MPA programs (Cambridge, MA)

Christine Letts: Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, MA)

Travis McCready: Vice President for Programs: The Boston Foundation (Boston, MA)

Tom Raffa, CPA: Managing Partner, Raffa, Inc. (Washington, DC)

Eileen Seeholzer, MD: Director of the Weight Management Center, MetroHealth (Cleveland, OH)

Dorothy Smith: Senior Consultant, Deloitte (Washington, DC)

Bill Synder: Organizer, Community Success Initiative (Dorchester, MA)

Do you believe communities of color can become self-determined?