I was first turned on to Majora Carter when I discovered her TEDTalk. As an activist from a troubled urban setting, she witnessed first hand how civic decision-making negatively impacted the health and safety of the poorest of the poor, and set out to do something about it. Far from looking for benevolence or hand-outs from the powers-that-be, she was looking instead for allies. People and organizations who were enlightened enough to realize that they didn’t need to “do for” people in oppressed areas as much as they needed to “do with” them. Because the people not only have their own stories to tell about their lives as they are now, but have insights to possible solutions that would put them back on the path towards their dream: living in safe, friendly and productive neighborhoods.