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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INTERIOR OPTIONS of Derby, designer sofas, bespoke curtains, wallpapers, shutters and blinds (heart)

Cutting edge designs – furniture and accessories

Show Home Shutters

Zoffany logo

Fabrics and wallpapers – Quality, Elegance and Heritage.

James Brindley logo

For Fabrics – in particular exquisite hand printed and embroidered silks

Cole and Son logo

Screen Print and Surface Printed wallpaper

Harlequin logo

Their versatile range of weaves, prints and wallcoverings are eclectic and elegant

Osborne and Little logo

Fabrics, trimmings, furniture and accessories – including exquisite handprinted wallpapers

Romo logo

Exclusive furnishing and upholstery fabrics, wallcoverings and trimmings

Today Interiors logo

Fabric prints, weaves and wallcoverings – creative and exciting collections directed at the wider interior design market

John Sankey logo

Elegance and comfort in upholstered sofas and chairs

Impex Glassware logo

Lighting – from crystal chandeliers to floor lamps.

Bradley Collection logo

Imaginative designs in curtain poles and lighting

Malabar flower logo

Malabar logo

Designers of furnishing fabrics, paints & wallcoverings

Mulberry logo

Mulberry encompasses womenswear, menswear and interior design – highly fashionable and highly desireable!

Sanderson logo

Produces a wide range of fabrics, wallpapers, blinds and poles – and is most famous for floral furnishing fabrics

Sahco logo

Sophisticated fabrics, not only a pleasure for the eye

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