“Build with, not for” is an emergent concept found across disciplines, country borders, and generations. Both the exact phrase and similar words that invoke its meaning have been — and continue to be — wielded to describe democratic practices that don’t shirk the work of sharing power.
I’m currently building out a resource library for related field, academic, and other sorts of resources that explore “build with” practices, evidence, and impact. Although I come to this work from my background in governance reform and civic technology, because “build with” is greater than this work, the research collected expands beyond the confines of these fields, too.
To better explore this omnipresence and highlight the many humans who build with, and not for communities, I’ve started up a wire of mentions and impressions. [Here’s the RSS.] Got something I should add? Email me here.