Make Communities helps develop accessible, equitable and empowered places, organizations and networks that are equipped with the tools they need to realize their visions.
Make Communities is a mission driven consulting firm with a vision for accessible, equitable and empowered communities.
We define community as a group of people with a common interest working toward a shared purpose, and we believe in the power of communities to come together to address their most pressing and difficult challenges.
We believe in creating opportunity rich and equitable environments. Whether within organizations, networks, neighborhoods or regions, solutions are not one-size fits all, and no one knows what a community needs to succeed better than the people who experience it every day.
We believe our challenges are not intractable. We believe the disconnect between our aspirations and our outcomes is driven by often unexamined underlying systems and practices that serve to hold us all back, with the most direct impacts shouldered by traditionally marginalized and excluded communities — including exclusions by race, class, gender, sexuality, physical ability, age, and other forms of identity and experience. By changing policies, we change outcomes.
We believe the creativity and resilience of communities should never be underestimated or understated. Whether working within existing systems, working around them or changing them to meet their needs, this happens daily in ways common and profound. This is particularly true for communities traditionally excluded from opportunity.
Make Communities works with non-profits, foundations, networks, coalitions, governments, and socially responsible companies to create actionable strategies that lead to tangible change.
Make Communities helps equip our partners with the tools they need for equitable organizational, community and regional development.
Whether at the individual, policy, planning, project or programmatic level, our systems lens and hands-on experience guides our outcome oriented approach.
It takes many voices, perspectives, relationships and efforts to build true community centered initiatives. Our partners and community of collaborators are ready to help your team organize the ideas, resources and energy to reach your goals.
Anthony Armstrong provides equity focused training, facilitation, coaching, assessment, planning and technical assistance for equitable development, organizational change and community revitalization. Read Anthony’s bio here.
Justin Booth is an expert in creating livable streets and vibrant communities. He has helped communities across New York and beyond examine, critique and plan for transportation networks that increase well being and access for all users. Read Justin’s bio here.