CBNO’s vision is nothing less than seeing New Orleans returned to its rightful place among the great cities of the world.
As a diverse community organization, a catalyst and convener, we will realize that vision by working to bring all voices to the table to effect systemic changes that will build a better future for all New Orleanians.
We believe that systemic change is the most meaningful and enduring. For example, substantive reform of our public education system will improve economic opportunity, reduce crime and positively impact the quality of life of everyone who lives, works and plays in New Orleans. At the same time, it will reduce the need for direct educational services such as tutoring or after-school programs.
Change at this level impacts the greatest number of individuals and stakeholders, so a fundamental principle of all CBNO’s work is to engage the greatest possible number of people, organizations and decision-makers in the processes of designing and implementing systemic changes. While we value all voices, extra effort is made to reach those individuals and communities that typically are least likely to be at the table and to be heard as the decisions are made.
There are many great places on our planet. But none combine the culture, the history, the joie de vivre, the aromas and flavors, the music and food, the entrepreneurial spirit and welcoming attitude, the sheer humanity of the people, the way we do in New Orleans. Our opportunity, our responsibility and our privilege is to do everything we can to polish this treasure up to its full measure of beauty.