Public Interest works hand-in-hand with a diverse range of clients interested in social change and innovation in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Our approach reflects our values and our objectives, both of which are focused on building the capacities of the organizations we work with and the people they serve. We work to overcome barriers such as language, culture and race that have prevented people from fully participating in the process. We innovate to find approaches that reflect real needs and priorities and produce long-lasting, positive impacts for our clients and the communities they serve. We create opportunities for the people affected by our work to have a voice in decision-making.
A Social Justice Approach to Work
In keeping with our values, our projects engage members of disadvantaged groups to help them improve their circumstances and gain a greater say in public policy decisions. We always work to create space and opportunities for those affected by our initiatives to participate in the decision-making process.
Building Communities and Partnerships
Our work focuses on developing productive partnerships between community members, governments, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. We put these groups in touch with stakeholders and service providers in their communities so they can work together towards common goals. Much of our work within communities and not-for-profit organizations centres on developing talent from within. Our work routinely includes training members of the community to give them the tools and skills they need to gather information and to mobilize others in their efforts to bring about change.
We recognize, value, and tap into the knowledge within communities and organizations. The work we do is a process of uncovering, stimulating, and building on the inherent strengths and knowledge of these groups. We aim not to replace local capacity but rather enable community members to develop and expand it. Public Interest shares capacity-building skills by creating “open source” tools for social change: those tools are readily available for anyone to use. We are happy to share the models and methods we develop for use in our projects with others doing similar work. We continually research best practices in social and public policy and share that research through our work with clients.