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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How Colors Change the Perception of Interior Spaces

How Colors Change the Perception of Interior Spaces

Humanity spends more and more time inside, whether at work or at home – with studies showing that we now spend 87% of our lives indoors. Pleasant environments positively influence the mood and well-being of its occupants, just as poorly lit, uncomfortable places can make lives miserable. That is why the craft of interior design is so important, even if it is often considered minor by some professionals. When designing an interior, the architect has the power to alter important variables, be it artificial lighting, natural light, proportions, or materials – with all such elements influencing the experience that occupants will have in a space.


© Katherine Lu. Casa Vida Dupla / Breathe Architecture
© Katherine Lu. Casa Vida Dupla / Breathe Architecture

To provide the desired spatial experience, there are elements which change the perception of a space without

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