Designer, Strategist, archiTEXT, OCADU
Zahra Ebrahim is the Founder and Principal of the design think tank, archiTEXT. Trained in architecture, her work brings together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of design with social change. For the past five years, she has taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has been the co-lead on the Community. Design. Initiative., a legacy project engaging some of North America’s most marginalized youth in architecture and design. Zahra spent two years serving as Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, is the co-founder of the Design Walk-In, a contributor to the Huffington Post, is member of the Advisory Committee for Jane’s Walk, the board of St. Stephen’s House, and is an instructor at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She was recently nominated as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders to Watch.
Let's Talk Policy
BY ZAHRA EBRAHIM
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR
ON APR 30, 2014
Zahra Ebrahim wants urban dwellers to be more active in policy decisions that affect their city, and so she proposes to make that happen by targetting a limited number of areas in a city -- in her example, 20 houses selected in 20 wards of Toronto -- and getting them involved in not only talking about issues, but also sharing feedback. The idea is that by starting modestly, this outreach can eventually grow to include even more participants, and therefore progressively raise engagement throughout the city.