Discover and share stories

of adventure, connection, and change making.

6 people think this is good


  1. {{}}
  1. {{fields.video_link.url}}

Ready to post! You’ve uploaded the maximum number of images.

Your video is ready to post!

Oops! Nice pic, but it’s just not our (file) type. Please try uploading a .jpg or .png image.

Well, this is embarrassing. Something went wrong when posting your comment. Care to try again?

That image is too large. Maximum size is 6MB.

Please enter a valid URL from YouTube or Vimeo.

Embedding has been disabled for this video.


Posting comment...

  • nannbijur

    Your grad program sounds fascinating! How exactly did this program take off?

    • Courtney Cross

      Thanks! I'm studying Community Organizing at Queen Mary University of London. The program started 3 years ago, I believe, after my professor, Jane Wills, had been working with an organization called Citizens UK for years and decided (along with a few other ppl of course) that it would be a good idea to start a full time master's program in the subject. I enjoy it because, at least in my experience, community organizing is a way of being political without being partisan, and it really is a 'bottom up' way of gaining power and making social change. Here's a link to the program if you want to read more about it. :)

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Oh wow! Amazing. Thanks for this resource. Have you heard of Nation Builder? I'll be a Community Organizer there starting June 16.

        • Courtney Cross

          Just looked it up. Looks absolutely amazing!! I'm so fascinated by online organizing. Seriously, that looks so exciting.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is an incredibly wonderful way to engage in the conversation about community safety. So cool you did this:

    "In February 2014, I took part in a safety walk in East London to raise awareness of the issues of safety in the borough of Tower Hamlets. The walk came as a result of listening campaigns at Queen Mary University and throughout the borough, as more and more people - men and women - reported instances of feeling unsafe and being harassed or followed. Men and women from institutions throughout the community - mosques, churches, schools, Queen Mary - joined together with local authorities to highlight the darkest places of the borough where people felt the most unsafe. The result: the mayor has promised to turn on more lights and increase the police presence in these areas. This is a fantastic example of community members joining together around a cause that affects people throughout their neighborhood to bring about positive change."

    • Courtney Cross

      Thanks! It's been an amazing experience.