Think Tank Initiatives

As a community-based think tank, our mission is to center the needs of people most affected by organizational, structural, and policy changes. We want to be transparent about how we hope to shape a new system that is truly accountable to the people, and how we prevent conflicts of interest in our funding.

Our methodology is based on the all-affected principle. This means we:

  • Invest time in building relationships with those on the frontlines of change. We spend many hours in small-groups and 1:1s to understand the lived experiences of each person and their needs.

  • Synthesize this research into actionable and accessible toolkits for all.

We believe think tanks have the responsibility to prioritize the needs of the most marginalized and lead change from the ground up. We recognize it is a great privilege to be able to do this work, and wholeheartedly welcome you to hold us accountable to these principles. Please do not hesitate to reach out with constructive critique on how we can improve.

Current Initiatives

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The Neighborhood's Table aims to create a responsible, actionable, and replicable framework for hospitality businesses to organically connect with their local community, collaboratively combat displacement, and invest sustainably in their neighborhoods.

Focus Areas: Hospitality, Gentrification, Development, Media

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Equitable Representation in Media is our award-winning work that advocates for systematic solutions to better represent BIPOC people and foodways within the media ecosystem, with a specific focus on food & beverage media.

Focus Areas: Food, Beverage, Media, Journalism

Past Initiatives

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Unlearning Scarcity, Cultivating Solidarity for the Asian American Community examines scarcity mentality outside the mainstream understanding that centers white Americans, and offers relevant frameworks for addressing scarcity by developing, and engaging in, sustainable solidarity practices.

Focus Areas: Asian American, Race in the U.S., Mental Health

Support our Think Tank research

Our team is continuously working behind-the-scenes to produce research and toolkits that are free and available to all. If you've learned something from our work, we encourage you to consider supporting us by becoming a monthly patron or with a one-time donation. We thank you for your generosity!

All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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