News, events, and articles for the Catalyst Network of Communities.

Meet Conrad

This week's video of the Catalyst Giving Chain is Conrad. He is Link #18 on the project and here he talks about being a student, working in a hospital, and shares his thoughts about empathy. Check out what he received from us because Shelly thought of him!

#gocatalyst #givingchain #InspireEmpathy

Catalyst 3.0

For the past several months, Catalyst has been up in the air. What I mean by that is we’ve been going through a lot of reflection, evaluation, and strategizing about how we can best carry out our mission of helping you to connect, collaborate, and share resources.

We’ve had to come to terms with some hard realities: (1) we haven’t been financially sustainable; and (2) we haven’t seen the kind of engagement from our community that would indicate we’re having meaningful impact.

Don’t get me wrong – over the past several years, we’ve literally reached tens of thousands of people through our numerous projects and programs. But the reality remains the same . . . .

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Tactical Urban Interventions


Catalyst founder Eric Leocadio will be a panelist at Tactical Urban Interventions on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm at California State University, Long Beach at the University Art Museum (UAM). The event is part of the M&A exhibition at the UAM is dedicated to the work of Urban Applications(UA), a project of Materials & Applications. UA has begun to partner with other groups in Los Angeles county who are responding to multiple civic needs by developing community-engaged projects that interpret local environmental infrastructure improvements and include area residents in hands-on experiences that promote deeper understanding in and ownership of their immediate environment. 

What are some of the best strategies to engage communities in the development of new public places?
What are some of the problems with opening the design process to non-designers? What are the opportunities?

Tiffany Chen, Long Beach Office of Sustainability and GreenLB
Jenna Didier, Materials & Applications and Urban Applications
Eric Leocadio, Catalyst Network of Communities
Brian Ulaszewski, City Fabrick
Unable to attend: Jimmy Ng, The Growing Experience

Moderated by John Southern – Principal of Urban Operations, and Faculty at Woodbury University School of Architecture.

For more info, see the event page on Facebook here.

Happy 8th Birthday to Us!

Today is Catalyst Network of Communities' 8th birthday! On April 1st, 2006 I incorporated Catalyst Long Beach (our official name) as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation in California. One of the first things we did that month was to gather up some folks to participate in the Community Action Team's 30 Minute Beach Clean Up. (yeah sorry, i used to be that skinny.) Over the last 8 years, we've been able to do so much together! And now, as we start our 9th year of service to our communities, I hope that many of you will stick with us and continue to share our vision to see cities experiencing a greater sense of community, collaboration, and citizenship through meaningful relationships. #gocatalyst