[Note that Practical Visionaries Workshop has evolved into the CoRE Partnership, as of 2016.]

Bringing together university and community to share, learn, and develop strategies for “justainable” cities

To access the Spring 2013 final project website click on Cultivate Your Food Economy.

To access the Summer 2013 PVW report click on PVW Summer 2013 report

The Practical Visionaries Workshop brings together Tufts UEP graduate students and emerging community leaders in the Greater Boston area to reflect, learn, and share with one another and conduct projects around current issues and challenges to our communities. The Workshop is founded on three core beliefs:

  • Sustainability and justice are inextricably intertwined (“justainability”) and must be pursued together.
  • Theory and practice must go hand-in-hand if we are make significant progress towards justainability.
  • Systemically marginalized communities have the knowledge and experience that, with the support and partnership of university resources, can develop innovations towards more justainable cities.

For community partners, this is an opportunity for leaders to participate in an 8-session learning/reflection series over 3 months and for their organizations to participate in community-based action research. For graduate students, this is an opportunity to learn from and with community leaders and to engage in community-driven research. Goals of the Workshop:

  • Community fellows gain access to university resources and the space/time to reflect and learn with other practical visionaries.
  • Community partner organizations build capacity through their leaders/staff who develop skills, knowledge, perspective, connections, and inspiration and are able to use the project outputs to further their mission and programs.
  • Graduate students develop a deeper understanding and working knowledge of community practice and research, develop community connections, as well as meet various graduation requirements (including receiving 1 course credit, satisfying the internship requirement, and/or helping to finish their thesis)


Steering Committee includes: Alternatives for Community & Environment, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Somerville Community Corporation

Other participants: Boston Climate Action Network, Boston Workers Alliance, Boston Youth Build, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association, Clean Water Action, Community Labor United, Groundwork Somerville, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, Nuestra Comunidad, Right to the City Boston

Spring 2011: Community-Driven Planning and Strategies For a Justainable City

Website for Spring 2011 Workshop

Three reports from spring 2011:

1. Community Control Over Development in Boston

2. Community Green Stormwater Management Guide

3. Essay “Unmaking Goliath”

Spring 2012: Community Strategies for Building New and Localized Economies in Greater Boston

Syllabus for Spring 2012

Final report: “If Not Walmart, Then What? Envisioning a Different Paradigm for Local Economic Development in Roxbury and Somerville”

Spring 2013: Popular Education for Building New Community Economy

Syllabus for Spring 2013

Final project website Cultivate Your Food Economy at http://sites.tufts.edu/foodeconomyfinalreport/

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