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Chocolate Cities — Co-Creating Liberated Spaces for People of Color

Chocolate Cities — Co-Creating Liberated Spaces for People of Color

On September 15, 2021, Meeting of the Minds convened a free, live webinar featuring Evelyn Burnett, Maica Mori and Mordecai Cargill of ThirdSpace Action Lab.


ThirdSpace Action Lab (TSAL) is a grassroots solution studio which seeks to end the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement which negatively impacts low-income communities of color. We are institutional and community organizers, turning multidisciplinary research into evidence-based strategies and activating “third places” to co-create more liberated spaces for people of color. TSAL offers racial equity + inclusion consultation to client-partners nationally based on our analysis that is deeply rooted and informed by the history and trends we observe in Northeast Ohio.

TSAL will share their observations and insights from the 2020 twin pandemics – COVID-19 and racial uprising – and its impact locally and nationally. They will also introduce and share their newest labor of love – Chocolate City Cleveland – a multigenerational, multimedia, and multidisciplinary experiment intended to preserve our collective memory of a better past, as to imagine a brighter future for Cleveland’s Black neighborhoods and beyond.


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Evelyn Burnett

Evelyn Burnett

Co-Founder + CEO, ThirdSpace Action Lab & Cafe

Co-Founder and CEO of ThirdSpace Action Lab + Café. Prior to starting TSAL Evelyn served as VP, Economic Opportunity at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Associate Director with Admiral Center at Living Cities and Cleveland Executive (Coro) Fellow. Evelyn is a 2018 German Marshall Fellow and holds board officer roles for Birthing Beautiful Communities, ioby, RidAll Green Partnership and Teach for America. Evelyn holds a BA in Business and Organizational Communications & Public Relations with a double minor in Sales & Marketing and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Akron and studied abroad in Ghana, Africa.
Maica Mori

Maica Mori

Racial Equity Impact Analyst, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Maica Mori is an analyst for ThirdSpace Action Lab. She leads TSAL’s exploration of how the Racial Equity Institute’s training has effected participants in Northeast Ohio since being introduced to the region in 2016. Maica is also a Venture for America 2020 fellow, has a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and lives in Cleveland, OH.
Mordecai Cargill

Mordecai Cargill

Co-Founder + Creative Director, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Mordecai Cargill is co-founder and creative director of ThirdSpace Action Lab, a grassroots research, strategy & design cooperative, dedicated to solving complex socioeconomic problems. Mordecai leads the firm’s R&D; Storytelling, Insights & Content Creation; and Creative Direction & Brand Management. Prior to starting this exciting venture, Mordecai served as the Director of Strategy, Research & Impact at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. Mordecai earned his BA in African American Studies from Yale University, with a concentration on Black Culture in the 20th Century. He was awarded the William Pickens Prize for his Senior Thesis entitled, “The Black Arts Iconography of John Coltrane.”


September 15, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Meeting of the Minds
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