Friday, November 1, 2019

ICBO Results: Third Best Man




Our research also indicates that science institutions will often send someone who has no experience in the community, no authority within the institution, and no decision making-power, to represent their institution at key planning and negotiation meetings.

Video edited by Guava Rhee (Engaged Cornell student). Actor: Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado, director of La Joven Guardia del Teatro and community researcher member of the ICBOs.

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Robin Hood Approach explained




We keep sharing our research findings in a series of creative videos. This time, the ICBOs express the Robin Hood Approach:

Community researchers found that many community organizations will put up with collaborations and partnerships that are untrustworthy, inequitable, frustrating, and lack transparency in order to obtain funds and opportunities that they feel can be channeled directly to their communities - ICBO Research.

Video edited by Guava Rhee (Engaged Cornell student). Actor: Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado, director of La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino, Inc., and community researcher member of the ICBOs.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

ICBO Research results: Trust and Transparency



Our research shows that developing genuine trust is one of the most important parts of a successful partnership between a STEM institution and a community-based organization. Because of a long history of inequities, developing trust needs to be a long-term commitment. There has to be continuity, openness, and a real desire to make it happen. Working through challenges successfully and spending time getting to know each other personally (socially outside of the project) increases trust.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Download our ICBO Community Review Board Agreement of Non-Negotiables



What is non-negotiable as we undertake community-based participatory research?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WhwHnSClyxiwUo1VcCqhUAHi2CsAdX-W/view?usp=sharing



Click on the image above to download the ICBOs  Community Review Board Agreement of Non-Negotiables that guide research and evaluation in our communities. We believe these key agreements will guide equitable, inclusive research that ultimately benefits our communities. This agreement will guide our work -- much like Institutional Review Boards might do so at universities and research institutions, but from the community perspective.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

WHAT A DAY for MAUF!

On June 4, 2019, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF) had a group of esteemed visitors from Washington, DC, South Eastern Region of the United States and the Great State of Georgia. Among the visitors were: The Chief of NRCS, Mr. Matthew J. Lohr, Mr. Bill Bailey, Southeast Regional Coordinator Farm Production and Conservation from Huntsville, Alabama, Mr. Terrance Rudolph State Conservationist of NRCS Georgia, and Ms. Velma Lakins of USDA/AMS/TM/GD along with other state and local officials.

What a day for MAUF! Chief Lohr only visited the great state of Georgia for two days and during this time he visited six farms in the entire state. MAUF was chosen as the only Urban Agriculture Farm that he visited. MAUF felt a great responsibility to represent Urban Agriculture not only in Georgia but Urban Agriculture across this great nation.

During the visit, MAUF highlighted the work that they are currently doing with other organizations as well as some other points:

  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Meaningful Collaborations, Partnership and the Impact and our Noise Pollution Project)
  • The Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  • Naturally Grown Certified
  • Stressed the Need for Urban Agricultural in terms of 
    • Financial Support
    • Marketing Support
    • Better Training Programs for new and beginning farmers
    • Access to land
    • Produce Food Safety on the farm
    • Outlet for being able to tell our farming story
  • Shared the impact of Urban Farming in the community

Monday, May 13, 2019

Our ICBO Working Agreements

In December, during our in-person project meeting in Ithaca, NY, we updated our ICBO Working Agreements. These are based off of the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.

 Here are our NOISE Project Working Agreements: ICBO Working Agreements
  • Be Inclusive 
  • Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing 
  • Let People Speak for Themselves 
  • Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality 
  • Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves 
  • Commitment to Self-Transformation 
  • Practice Deep Listening and Loving Speech 
  • Practice empathy, love, curiosity, and humility 
  • Use ICBO research to guide us in all aspects of the project, including within our group 
  • Forgive and learn from mistakes 
  • Speak up, speak down 
  • Speak your truth 
  • It’s okay to disagree 
  • Be comfortable with discomfort 
  • Help and support each other 
  • It’s okay to be raggedy 
  • Practice ally-ship (white ally/male ally) 
  • Commit to and be patient with process 
  • Be fully present & engaged


Friday, April 19, 2019

Meet Sister Sharon!

Hope you all checked out Catherine Pham's introduction. This week, meet Sister Sharon Horace!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Makeda and Bobby present at PBS Nature meeting



Makeda Cheatom and Bobby Wilson talk about the importance of equity and inclusion in the sciences at a PBS Nature meeting at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in November 2018. This video was produced by Isabella Armas León, an undergraduate Engaged Cornell student working with the ICBOs.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

ICBO Results: Third Best Man

Our research also indicates that science institutions will often send someone who has no experience in the community, no authority withi...