In finding creative ways to tell these stories, Brick & Story provides grant writing, strategic communications, engagement strategy, and planning research and analyses to private firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and individuals working in the built environment.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY
Bringing different people together around a common idea is one of the key facets of Brick & Story's mission. No project is the same, and while every project is based on one vision, that vision has to be conveyed in numerous ways in order to reach the different stakeholders and speak to their respective interests and priorities. Brick & Story can look at your project goals and the stakeholders impacted by your project and craft and implement an engagement approach that is sincere, meaningful, impactful, and effective.
GRANT & PROPOSAL WRITING
Conveying your vision in the written form is just as important as communicating that message verbally or visually. But sometimes the best visions get lost in the writing, with narratives that are unorganized, poorly drafted, and difficult to follow. Brick & Story can bring your vision to life on the written page and help to craft your story so that you can deliver a winning proposal.
It's not what you say, but how you say it (and sometimes, it's a little bit of both). Brick & Story can help you determine the best words and tools with which to deliver your message to your desired audience.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING SUPPORT
Perhaps you are a new small business looking to develop your corporate presence in the market. Or perhaps you are an established company looking to refresh your image. Brick & Story has a track record of helping companies develop and implement strategic business development plans, create effective marketing and presentation packages, and analyze potential pursuits for feasibility and likelihood of success.
PRESENTATION DEVELOPMENT & COACHING
Sometimes the written word does not deliver the message, and visual or verbal delivery is the best way to convey your vision. When seeing is truly believing, Brick & Story can customize a visual presentation that will communication your ideas and leave an impact on your audience. In addition to visual support, Brick & Story can help deliver an auditory script so that the verbal delivery is as effective as the visual. Brick & Story can also assist with speechwriting and, in the case of those folks who may be of the shy variety, presentation coaching to help you and your team deliver your vision with confidence and conviction.
Our Current Projects
Community Network Building | New Communities Initiative, DC Deputy Mayor For Planning and Economic Development
Brick & Story is working in partnership with Trusted Space Partners as part of larger consultant team deployed to provide community network building, public policy, and public relations services to the New Communities Initiative, a targeted redevelopment effort to transform 4 public housing communities into mixed-income communities while providing one-for-one replacement of every public housing unit. Community network building efforts have included the design, facilitation, and implementation of small and large neighborhood-based gatherings between public housing residents and neighbors in the larger community to help foster spaces of trust and break down existing racial and economic barriers.
Resident Engagement through Brand Storytelling | Montgomery Housing Partnership
Brick & Story provided strategic outreach services for the Montgomery Housing Partnership in their efforts to tell the story of their organization and brand to residents of an apartment community they were looking to acquire. Our team facilitated several dialogue opportunities between the residents and the Client, including a “Meet MHP” breakfast event at the apartment community and a bus tour to interested residents of MHP properties, which included the opportunity to see units and ask questions of MHP residents and staff.
Development Application Services | Manna, Inc.
Brick & Story assisted Manna, Inc. with the preparation of a development proposal response for a government-owned parcel that was being publicly bid. Our services included preparation of the narrative response, participating in team meetings and coordination as needed with the architect and owner representatives, community outreach to the local community representative to request support, and management of the online application platform.
Web-based Project Information | Tool Development | Victory Housing
Brick & Story created an online project information tool for Victory Housing’s Spring Flats project. The tool was created using the ESRI ArcGIS Story Mapping Cascade tool.
Engagement Strategy & Campaign Development | Victory Housing
Brick & Story designed an engagement effort for Victory Housing’s Spring Flats project. Utilizing a grassroots door-knocking strategy, Brick & Story was able to relay pertinent project information to impacted residents and solicit letters of support for the project's zoning application.