The first step in the cultivation in flourishing creative ecosystems that foster innovators, entrepreneurs, and place shakers, is to build authentic community. And the fundamental element of this is to ensure that every member of a community has a voice. This is exactly what Candy Chang has done with her Before I Die Walls in New Orleans.
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. Check out this video to see how something as simple as a black wall and a piece of chalk can liberate individuals while creating a strong sense of community.