On October 3, our first team of Forefront Fellows explored the invisible networks that support communities.

Invisible networks of social relationships provide supportive services to communities everyday and during times of crisis. We aim to develop resources and ideas to support both formal and informal community leaders, and highlight their often-unrecognized efforts above and beyond any formal job or position they may hold.

In this event, through a series of conversations with guest facilitators, we will uncover these invisible networks, understand best practices and innovative approaches, and outline the resources and tools required to support these networks everyday and during extreme weather events.

Nse-Abasi Esema, 100 Resilient Cities
Sonia Erika, MRCC
Geeta Mehta, Asia Initiatives
Katherine Mella, MIT CoLab
Carmen Soto, Lantern Community Services

Digser Abreu, Rhonda-Lee Davis, Dorraine Duncan, Lydia Gaby, Gloria Lau and Manuela Powidayko discussed how we can support these community heroes, and strengthen these vital social networks.


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Fall Forefront Events ↓

10/3 Invisible Networks
Digser Abreu, NYCHA
Rhonda-Lee Davis, Lantern Community Services
Dorraine Duncan, NYCEDC
Lydia Gaby, HR&A Advisors
Gloria Lau, Stantec
Manuela Powidayko, NYC DCP

10/24 Public Health
Cyrus Blankinship, NYU Marron Institute
Eileen Chen, Dattner
Gregory Harasym, MTA
Catherine Joseph, 3XN Architects
Amritha Mahesh, NYC DCP
Kathy Mu, Grimshaw
Jill Schmidt, Brooklyn Navy Yard

11/14 Adaptive Systems
Abraham Bendheim, Studio Gang
Renée Crowley, NYC Compost Project
Annemarie Gray, NYCEDC
Mike Harrington, New School
Pallavi Mantha, Arup
Mallory Taub, Gensler

12/5 Utopian Systems
Lida Aljabar, NYC HPD
Brandon Cappellari, BIG
Michael Izzo, Hines
Amy Macdonald, Thornton Tomasetti
Rebecca Macklis, NYC PDC
Autumn Visconti, BIG

Meet the 2019 Class of Forefront Fellows ►


About Forefront ↓

Forefront is an annual initiative cultivating emerging leaders in urban design, development and policy. This year’s theme, Turning the Heat, explores how urban practitioners can advance climate justice principles across New York City.

This program is made possible through the support of Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and our Director’s Circle. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553 or daniel@urbandesignforum.org.