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Open Buffalo is a civic initiative to make major, long-term improvements in justice and equity; it is an unprecedented collaboration among a diverse group of partners; and it is one of three projects in the nation chosen for the Open Places Initiative of the Open Society Foundations.
VISION An equal and just region open to full democratic participation by all its residents, open to innovative ideas and policies; open to new leaders from disadvantaged communities; and open to meaningful economic opportunity and sustainable wealth creation for all.
BUILDING CIVIC CAPACITYOpen Buffalo will increase Buffalo's capacity to effect systemic change through four strategies:
Mobile Democracy Centerwill engage at least 1,000 residents per year with voterregistration, information about equity issues, and advocacy tools to increase individualengagement and action while overcoming geographic and cultural divides.
Emerging Leaders will train over 100 residents per year to mobilize their communitiesaround equity issues and to take on leadership roles in community, nonprofit, andgovernment sectors.
Innovation Lab will build Buffalo'scapacity to generate new ideas, do original research,draw more effectively on local and national best practices, share information morebroadly, and draft new laws and policies.
Open Buffalo Arts Network will mobilize arts groups to aid in mobile democracy andemerging leaders projects, to contribute creativity to issue-based work, and to change the stories Buffalo tells itself and the world.