Braden Crooks

Braden is a gardener turned landscape architect who entered into the fray of community organizing and advocacy. He is a co-founder and partner of Designing the We, a for-benefit design studio positioned within the fields of social innovation and community driven social, cultural and economic development. He founded Groundswell PA: an organization that passed the first popular vote to ban fracking using an Environmental Bill of Rights. Braden earned his Master of Science with departmental honors from Parsons in New York, where he hones his praxis developing forms of horizontal organizing within solidarity economies. Braden has recently worked with organizations such as the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Right to the City Alliance, and in his spare time produces a web series about New York.