Better Block

The Better Block Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

“We want to be able to create tools and resources for someone who wants to make a change in their community, but doesn’t know where to begin. Those tools assembled collectively with other neighbors, would be used to enhance engagement while demonstrating concepts that would improve the built environment. My early frustration as an activist was that I knew there were problems in my neighborhood and ideas that I was seeing around the world being implemented by “experts.” I wanted to find ways to reverse engineer the things they were creating so that I could do the same in my own neighborhood. That way, the community could learn and see the potential we had to make our community matter. I think most “placemaking” or similar organizations focus on changing the systems at the top.

I’m really interested in changing them from the bottom and middle. Essentially what the ethos and networks of groups like the Maker societies or Farm to Table movements have done for fabrication and food could be applied to repairing the built environment. Changing from the bottom up; giving everyone the tools to implement change. Short term actions makes everyone stop overthinking.”