Steve Wright, a current student in Social Innovation and Sustainability, is thoroughly immersed in helping communities around the world turn turn into homes and community projects through his organization, 4 Walls International, and its mission:
4Walls International empowers socially and environmentally degraded communities to turn trash into the building blocks for community centers, schools, creative gathering places, infrastructure improvements, affordable housing and other infill development projects. Our projects promote a higher quality of life, environmental stewardship, and improved access to water, food, shelter, and sanitation.
Through his organization, he and others facilitate a four part process:
Step 1. Community engagement ensures a locally relevant and locally powered project.
Step 2. Unite government, philanthropy, NGOs and local leaders around community vision.
Step 3. Collect trash within the community.
Step 4. Use trash to build community vision through educational workshops.
Listen to Steve talk about this work in this short video, part of a new series filmed by Alexander Love, based on interviews with GGI students and faculty.