Community Chalkboards

As one of several projects with Global Studio and Diepsloot Community News, Chang helped create public chalkboards in Diepsloot township in Johannesburg to provide residents with a free and accessible platform to share information and self-organize. After a young girl was lost in the township, local resident and Diepsloot Community News founder Bongani Baloyi observed the struggles in spreading the word. She was safely found days later and this experience became inspiration for the project. The chalkboards offer a low-maintenance platform for residents to easily communicate with their greater neighborhood to publicize events, post jobs, ask questions, share information, and more. Inspired by a community-related chalkboard in Liberia by Alfred Sirleaf, these flexible forums have been used for various purposes, including sharing local events and gathering contact information for community advocacy groups.

2007, 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa. Team: Bongani Baloyi, Lucky Mkah, Lungile Maphumulo, Tebatso Lebotsa, Selaelo Chuene, Phumlani Suka, Warren Mabona, Lawrence Matshidiso, Sam Sikhosana, Anja Bredell, Jennifer Graeff, Belinda Kanpetch, Crighton Nichols, Elonah O’Neil, Dr. Marc Aurel Schnabel, Michelle Tabet, Candy Chang. Additional assistance by Matthew Millar, Happy and Edwin of Spit n Polish, Yolande Kluth, Sam Sikhosana, and Jennifer van den Bussche.