About CRCP Advisors and Partners History


The Center for Reflective Community Practice at MIT designs and implements projects which build the capacity of practitioner and community-centered cross sector teams to improve the lives of those least served by our society. Our projects support the development and use of knowledge embedded in marginalized communities to build social capital, improve community practice, and inform policy.

CRCP designs structures for creative alliances and applies tools based on reflective practice, group dynamics, cultural psychology, organizational learning, team-based work, and participatory design process to disrupt "business as usual" ways of working. The goal is to produce outcomes and solutions that emerge from the collective genius of groups that have deeply and thoroughly engaged the inventiveness and knowledge of every individual involved.

We do this by supporting creativity, inquiry, and collaboration among diverse groups convened in response to some of modern society's most complicated questions:

  • How can we build democratic participation at the community level while confronting issues of race and racial inequity?
  • How can technology be used to support efforts to build healthier communities?
  • In what ways can community, government, philanthropy, and corporations work together effectively to produce healthier communities?
  • What roles do culture and stories play in empowering struggling communities?
  • We believe that diverse groups that capitalize on the complexity of each member's experience are capable of forging a wider range of creative, effective solutions to social justice problems. Therefore, CRCP develops processes to support groups that are as diverse as possible in collaborating creatively toward a common purpose.

    Since 1998, from adaptations of GIS tools to better fit community practice, to focused learning initiatives producing critical knowledge about the role of race and culture in building democracy, CRCP projects have demonstrated that this approach can result in tangible products, individual and community transformation, and substantive social change. We have only begun to see what can happen when diverse groups create solutions for social change.