Monthly Archives: April 2014
BIG™ is an award-winning economic development organization based in West Woodlawn, Chicago with a national network. Our vision is self-sustaining black communities everywhere. We’re one of America’s most diverse eco-orgs, and a thought leader in sustainable community development for communities of color…across 13 economic sectors. We serve as bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of “walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play villages” within black neighborhoods. We teach Grannynomics™ and Green-Village-Building™ – a whole-system solution for the whole-system problems common to black communities everywhere. Together they highlight the disproportionate negative impacts of global warming on communities of color, the health/wealth opportunities of the new green economy, the conservation lifestyle, and train community members to lead where they live. We aim to reduce greenhouse gas levels via local living economies. But uniquely, our walkable villages are designed to increase household income, by increasing the rate at which neighbor-owned businesses are created and sustained, thus keeping resident money active locally, supporting community self?interests, and preserving the heritage of a place. Thus, we address the terrible triplets of pollution, poverty, and plutocracy.