Shatter + Forge™ is a groundbreaking new model for community engagement from The Vida Agency. It weaves trust, respect, flexibility, and equitable compensation into every community interaction, with three levels of participation.
Shatter + Forge maintains a diverse roster of individual Community Contributors willing to participate in surveys, focus groups, and interviews for pay. Contributors learn about projects and initiatives that affect their communities, and companies benefit from deeper and more meaningful feedback.
Shatter + Forge Community Networkers build relationships between organizations. These individual leaders and community-based organizations participate in a TVA project for up to twelve months. As with any consultant, TVA provides Networkers with outreach support and pays them directly for their expertise, not via stipends or gift cards. This structured approach maintains respectful boundaries around access to community members and prevents burnout.
The Shatter + Forge Equity Advisory Board holds TVA accountable to its social justice approach and practices. They identify issues in the community, help solve problems, and leverage their networks to ensure TVA consistently builds and sustains strong community relationships. This two-way street also gives board members access to insider knowledge that can benefit their communities.