Studio ATAO

Studio ATAO

Studio ATAO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-driven think tank. We create tools and resources empowering individuals, organizations, and policymakers to integrate social impact into their everyday life and work. Our mission is twofold . One, to create accessible, relevant resources that inspire socially conscious individuals toward action through publicly available

Studio ATAO

Studio ATAO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-driven think tank. We create tools and resources empowering individuals, organizations, and policymakers to integrate social impact into their everyday life and work. Our mission is twofold . One, to create accessible, relevant resources that inspire socially conscious individuals toward action through publicly available social justice education, vulnerable conversations, and community-building. Two, to propel corporate and policy leaders to construct systematic changes based on input from and needs of directly affected community members. Our vision is a world where social justice matters to everyone and is prioritized in every decision.

About the Organization:

Studio ATAO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-driven think tank. We create tools and resources empowering individuals, organizations, and policymakers to integrate social impact into their everyday life and work. Our mission is twofold . One, to create accessible, relevant resources that inspire socially conscious individuals toward action through publicly available social justice education, vulnerable conversations, and community-building. Two, to propel corporate and policy leaders to construct systematic changes based on input from and needs of directly affected community members. Our vision is a world where social justice matters to everyone and is prioritized in every decision.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

One of the most pressing issues in the U.S. today is gentrification, especially the reality of how gentrification has dramatically changed the landscape of BIPOC neighborhoods across major cities like NYC and LA. In the case of AAPI-majority neighborhoods, however, the Model Minority Myth has consistently undermined awareness of the detrimental and ongoing impact of gentrification across generations. With hospitality businesses (food, beverage, hotels) on the front lines of gentrification, the owners of these businesses are in a unique position to influence how businesses can improve, instead of harm, the neighborhoods they operate in. However, little research has been done to explain the relationship between hospitality and gentrification. As a result, hospitality businesses that want to uplift their neighbors and communities do not know the best ways to combat displacement, or build coalitions with community members at the policy level to improve and invest in their neighborhood.

The Solution:

We have started the process of mapping the role of hospitality businesses within the gentrification cycle of a neighborhood. Our first major deliverable for this project will be a free, public resource that explains how gentrification and hospitality intersect with and influence each other. Our second deliverable will be a toolkit for hospitality business owners on how to build businesses with the neighborhood in mind. This toolkit is meant to be an actionable guide for those in hospitality to reevaluate their responsibilities as a community-based and invested business. For both of these initiatives, we will interview folks working at the intersections of gentrification, housing policy, urban planning, hospitality, and development. These interviews will be both 1:1 and group interviews where individuals can collectively brainstorm potential solutions. As an AAPI-led and run organization, we will pay special attention to the changing demographics of businesses and residents of historically AAPI-majority neighborhoods.

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