ioby’s Memphis convening (and the kickoff of a national series, with events coming up in Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and New York) took place on Saturday afternoon, January 28th at the historic Clayborn Temple! With a crowd of 75-plus ioby leaders, community partners, project donors – and engaged Memphis residents who were new to ioby as well – we dug deep, reflected, and shared experiences with each other about the challenges, motivations, and triumphs of working to make positive local change.
We are grateful to ioby board member, five-time ioby leader, and planning equity advocate Naomi Doerner for framing the day with her own personal remarks about what has brought her to the work of race, inclusion, and urban design. And Playback Memphis made the day come alive with their extremely powerful listening and performance technique that lifted up the voices of the amazing neighborhood activists in the room.
We closed the day mingling, chatting, sharing more about our stories and building relationships over delicious food from local caterer LUNCHBOXeats.
Special appreciation to the Playback Memphis troupe, the staff team at Clayborn Temple, ioby project leaders Jacqueline Shotwell and Jennifer Shorter, Naomi Doerner, our partners at Livable Memphis, and Choose901 for their support. And – Without the openhearted participation of all of our attendees, none of the learning and connection would have been possible!