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The Community Innovators Lab

CoLab is a center for community-engaged research and practice within MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. We work with low-income/low-wealth communities in putting their assets to work to help strengthen civic life and use the market as an arena for achieving social justice. Our video collection includes profiles of community leaders, community organizing tactics, and visions for better communities.

Collection videos

Communities and the Stimulus Package

Added almost 9 years ago | 00:06:54 | 90383 views

On May 11th, a group of community leaders from across the nation gathered in New York to discuss what they are doing locally to improve their communities with the stimulus money. MIT graduate student researchers Uyen Le and Sarah Nusser...

Brooklyn: What is the ideal community?

Added almost 9 years ago | 00:04:17 | 61421 views

Residents of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn are being displaced as gentrification forces them out. In the face of a changing neighborhood, these Brooklyn voices describe their ideal community.

Brooklyn: Rotten Fruit

Added almost 9 years ago | 00:02:44 | 37342 views

Residents in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn discuss their frustrations with food choice and grocery shopping. Even as the neighborhood changes and new stores come in, sometimes the prodicts are so expensive that local people can'...

Brooklyn: For the Love of Brownstones

Added almost 9 years ago | 00:01:46 | 54894 views

Two friends, one a lifetime Bed-Stuy Brooklyn resident, and the other a Harlem native, talk about their love of New York Brownstones.

Harlan County, Kentucky: What Happe...

Added almost 9 years ago | 00:06:14 | 68346 views

Elmer Lloyd, a proud former coal miner, struggles to come to terms with his prize fishpond becoming a polluted acid pond at the hands of a coal company.

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Global Awareness & Action
Colombia, New Orleans, Kentucky + MORE
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