THE POWER OF THE POSSIBLE
We believe that lasting social change (no matter how small or big) requires a combination of shared experience and suspension of disbelief in order to be realized. That's why our work is devoted to defying the impossibility of progress. When we choose, as individuals, to collaborate with our communities in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge, we can create a new possible -- a window into what the world could be if things worked differently, even before we're ready to live with that difference.
Creating new possibles allows us to test drive the future, to explore alternative social norms and structures, generate creative confidence, guide big picture advocacy, and, ultimately, challenge the way we live in the physical, digital, and social spaces that define the present.
CIVIC INNOVATION & CIVIC STRANGE
Healthy civic engagement doesn't exist in a vacuum. It has be cultivated, both through the strengthening of participation muscles (one flex-per-year at the voting booth doesn't count) and through the stewardship of "magic-positive" environments. For most of our adult lives, we are confronted and constrained by The Ways Things Are -- so much so that we need to actually retrain our ability to suspend disbelief, to overcome social and privilege barriers, and to imagine the world differently. To this end, The Curious Citizens Project maintains a portfolio of work dedicated to agendaless absurdity -- a series of strategic, interactive art interventions that serve solely to surprise and give communities the chance to practice participation in reality-bending scenarios without the pressure of external co-option or expectation.
Every Curious Citizens Project project starts from the context of an online or place-based community. In addition to leading new initiatives, we also love to follow (read: support the work of others), and take pride in taking the time to make our work context and culturally sensitive and relevant.
We have experience working with local governments, community organizations of a variety of formal and informal structures, and civil society groups. Curious to learn how we could work together? Email helloATcuriouscitizensDOTcom or head over to our Contact page.