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People's Collaborative Governance Network (PCGN)

2019 - Present

Project Leads

Eric Gordon
Rachele Gardner


Carl Jean-Louis, City Councilor Andrea Campbell
Cheryl Harding, City Councilor Andrea Campbell
Jacob deBlecourt, City Councilor Julia Mejia
Jalina Suggs, Union Capital Boston
John Harlow, Engagement Lab
Latoya Gayle
Laura Cole, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
Maridena Rojas, The Boston Project Ministries, TNT Neighbors United
Marilyn Forman, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
Neenah Estrella-Luna, StarLuna Consulting, Mutual-Aid Eastie
Nigel Jacob, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
Sam Potrykus, Dorchester Arts Project, Brain Arts Organization
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Problem Space

Communities across the country, and right here in Boston are facing growing disparities in housing, wealth, educational outcomes and health, most often as a result of systemic racism. Local government and community led efforts to address these wicked problems continue to come up short.

Proposed Intervention

PCGN is creating a network of collaborative leadership and design skills to solve the city's most pressing and public problems. PCGN is reimagining how local government can partner with communities to transform policy and services in Boston. We are practicing collaborative governance in a network setting and exploring what it takes to support government community collaboration in an ongoing way by practicing collaborative governance in a network setting.

Social Impact

People who are closest to the problems are invited as experts to co-design solutions with those who have resources and influence for those problems. People with lived experience are asked to lead solutions and co-design processes that help the community and uplift their voices.

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