Society's Soul


Storytelling for Community Empowerment

The Project

“Society's Soul” is a new form of social justice storytelling and community planning. Our motivation is to create a more just and equal San Francisco. The goal is to combine urban planning with the art of documentary filmmaking to generate long-term housing solutions.  

The Restart [your city] team will be collaborating with Ken Fisher and Fay Dawarmi in an effort to bring new forms of community engagement and workshop typologies to the design process. 



Film courtesy of Truth Be Told Creative
Photos courtesy of Janet Delaney


The project will culminate in six to eight short-form documentary films that amplify stories about the challenges of living without permanent housing. As part of the process of generating stories, we will conduct surveys, workshops and other forms of community engagement that are inclusive, informative, and empowering.  We will focus our films and community engagement  on  the students and families experiencing homelessness, eviction and gentrification at Bessie Carmichael School, the only public school in the rapidly developing SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. We aim to leverage these stories to make certain that housing programs and city plans take the needs of these families into consideration.

The core team is made up of activists, storytellers, photographers, urban planners and filmmakers in collaboration with the Bessie Carmichael School community. 

For more information, check out the website