Working with the New York Office of the Mayor, the Public Goods Co-Op was an installation to prompt Lower East Side residents to engage with their local government and think critically about the issues addressing their neighborhood. A series of speculative products were designed to create an approachable way to start a conversation around large civic issue and generate feedback regarding problems in the community and opportunities for improvements.
The Problem: The New York Office of the Mayor was looking for innovative ways to get residents more engaged with the policies that affect their communities, and collect community feedback regarding neighborhood conditions in a productive, non-accusatory, way.
The Results: The Public Goods Co-Op was installed in a storefront in the Lower East Side for a few hours one afternoon and received over a dozen visitors who gave feedback which was passed along to the Office of the Mayor. Part of the process of developing the Public Goods Co-Op was written up in Core 77.
Parson the New School | Fall 2013 with Mike Varona, Meagan Durlak, and Reid Henkel