What Is Community Design And How Can It Build Brave Spaces With Heart

Sloan Leo is a Community Building Strategist & Systems Designer. They are the Director of Social Impact at The Vaid Group, as well as proud poodle parent to Riley Leo. We had a conversation about community design, and how asking simple questions can bring heart back into our work to bring justice.

Nell Derick Debevoise: Tell me about community design.

Sloan Leo: Community design is a funny little term and it’s so right, it got me really excited about design. Let me share some background on why.

Six years ago, I was working in a big nonprofit. It was exciting to be part of a highly-functioning, 300+ million dollar organization. But I realized I still didn’t feel very good. I couldn’t figure out why – I asked myself, is it racism? Is it homophobia and transphobia? Am I bad at

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