How does Buffalo talk about Buffalo, and what impact do our stories have on public policy?
In the new report Talking Proud: Telling Buffalo's Stories, Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) examines Buffalo’s history and current conditions, and some of the different narratives used to describe them. In particular, the report critiques a negative mythology of Buffalo as a dysfunctional mess in need of “adult supervision” and highlights the ways in which this misleading story can lead to bad policy outcomes. The report highlights recent, community-driven success stories and argues for ways of telling Buffalo’s stories that are both accurate and energizing.
PPG prepared Talking Proud for the Innovation Lab of Open Buffalo, a new civic initiative for an equal, just, and free city driven by a united and empowered community.
The full Talking Proud report can be found here.