Practicing Civic Imagination

“Is city government the space to help us imagine another world?”

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston, posed this question as a provocation for MONUM Fellows in our second week on the job. With “Chief Chats”, MONUM Fellows are granted access to the first-person insight of city leaders by way of intimate conversations with heads of departments and offices across the spectrum of city government. This particular almost-rhetorical, nearly-existential question was offered by Reverend Mariama as a follow up to her familiar, yet bold position that our climate crisis is not a technological crisis, but a deeply social one.

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New Urban Mechanics

New Urban Mechanics

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics is Boston's Civic R&D Lab / Incubator.