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Can You Imagine a Playground? – The Canvas that is NYC

Thrive Collective East Harlem
Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations

Can you see a playground amidst the countless smells, sights, and sounds of New York City? 

Jeremy Del Rio, Executive Director of Thrive Collective, Leadership Foundation of NYC, joins us to describe how this vision of the City as a Playground is coming to life in the City that Never Sleeps.

He discusses the many ways in which Thrive Collective is uncovering and unleashing the beauty and creativity that already resides in the city through mural painting, education, mentoring, and nurturing collaborative spaces amongst the least likely of partners.

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Celia Vigil

Communications Associate

What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.