Working Landscapes’ staff members have 34 years of experience conducting place-based research and creating productive spaces for dialog and problem-solving. We specialize in working with rural and natural resource dependent communities in the US South and internationally.
We believe that effective and lasting community development depends on having solid information to build upon, and a thorough understanding of your community’s assets as well as the root causes of the challenges. We are have facilitated projects that have engaged thousands of people in asking and answering questions like these:
- What are our community’s assets?
- What changes and challenges are we facing?
- What is our vision for the future, and how can we turn it into a reality?
Working Landscapes founders Carla and Gabriel are the originators of the Community Voice Method (CVM), an approach to stakeholder engagement in which original documentary films and analyses are created based on interviews with diverse individual stakeholders. These films and analyses are then presented at workshops in which community members work together to solve local problems and chart a course forward.
In addition to film-based projects, we can develop customized research instruments, plan enriching community workshops, conduct interviews, perform qualitative analysis, and produce research reports and white papers. We have subject-matter expertise that spans rural economic development, small town revitalization, greenway development, food systems planning, community-supported fisheries, marine protected areas, regenerative agriculture and climate adaptation.