We help organizations implement innovative and transformative projects through capacity building, analysis, strategic communications and planning with broad community participation.
Systemic issues require a systemic approach. At the turn of the twentieth century, the scholar and activist, W.E.B Du Bois noted that the central issue facing the United States was “the problem of the color-line.” Now, in the second decade of the twenty first century, the world has witnessed the U.S. elect its first African-American President. But the majority of African-Americans and many other communities of color are continuing to experience political marginalization, economic alienation, environmental injustice, and structural racism. It is through this dialectical lens, of progress and stagnation, that The Springfield Institute has established a local, regional and international research consortium to coordinate interdisciplinary approaches to address continued inequalities faced by African Americans and other marginalized communities. We pursue projects that facilitate active partnerships between various community groups and university researchers for the benefit of communities that have not had traditional access to relevant research and scholars. The Springfield Institute’s values are rooted in a rich tradition of mutual aid, cooperation, and uplift, which directly engages socio-cultural, political and economic obstacles.
Our mission is to provide interdisciplinary research and data, address critical questions raised by historically marginalized communities, evaluate organizational strategies, develop innovative solutions, and provide technical assistance to community organizations and public and private sector agencies. SI’s expanded mission stems from the realization that engaging and supporting healthy communities require innovative economic models of development in tier two cities. This approach is aligned with emergent forth sector models of community economic development and transformation, which brings together non-profit and for-profit sectors in order to support sustainable development that engage all aspects of community life and transformation.
The Concept: See the concept behind the Springfield Institute, which has given life to similar organizations in cities across the United States.