• Boston Neighborhood Network | October 29, 2021

    Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George respond to clips from Real Talk conversations with Boston residents

    The Boston Globe | October 25, 2021

    The Boston Globe announces the launch of the RTFC Conversation Portal

    “In a community dialogue in East Boston this summer, a man named Alejandro inquired about whether the city’s high schools would receive the funding they need to thrive.

    In West Roxbury, a resident named Beth expressed weariness about electing “transactional leaders instead of transformational leaders that are uncorruptible.”

    And a Dorchester woman named Nina raised a question about whether anyone in government is really listening to residents’ concerns about the dramatic changes occurring in their communities.“

    Article by Meghan E. Irons, Globe Staff

    GBH | September 17, 2021


    Watch here the full interview hosted by Adam Reilly with our Campaign Manager Ron Bell and Project Lead Ceasar McDowell.

    On September 17th, Real Talk for Change participated in GBH’s “Boston Race into History” news segment. We talked about how we are helping create a mayoral campaign that is grounded in Bostonians’ lived experiences.

    The Boston Globe | August 24, 2021

MIT’s ‘Real Talk’ campaign gives likely voters a voice in Boston’s race for mayor

“For the past several months, Boston residents have heard a lot from the candidates running for mayor about their aspirations for leading this city.

But on Monday, a half-dozen residents came together as a part of a new civic engagement campaign, aimed at refocusing the narrative and giving voice to regular people, especially those who feel ignored.

The effort, called ‘Real Talk for Change,’ was launched this summer by MIT researchers, who have enlisted community facilitators to convene roughly 600 residents from different parts of the city to share their stories—and dreams—about the future of Boston.”

Article by Meghan E. Irons, Globe Staff | Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Kreiter, Globe Staff