On February 1, 2018, Michael O'Bryan (@misticquest) of the Village of Arts & Humanities in Philadelphia joined us at the Urban Consulate in Detroit for a parlor talk titled “Community Building in the 21st Century: Exploring Trauma, Healing, and Inclusive Growth." Hosted by Orlando Bailey of Eastside Community Network & Kayana Sessums of Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, O'Bryan presented his work and research on youth & community development.

Afterwards, several guests inquired about the studies & scholars cited, so Michael generously shared his research and we compiled in the syllabus below.


  • Watch the Facebook Live video here.
  • Read our Twitter thread here.
  • Read more about Michael here.





Michael O'Bryan is an Urban Innovation Fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute and Director of Youth Programs at Village of Arts & Humanities in Philadelphia. He consults locally and nationally, exploring the intersections of trauma-informed practice and community well-being. Much of O'Bryan's work has centered on amplifying the voices of marginalized populations, touching the worlds of performance art and public health.

In 2014, O'Bryan was awarded “Child Advocate of The Year” by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Innovator of the Week in 2016 by Urban Innovation Exchange. In 2017, he was selected as an Emerging City Champion by Knight Foundation & 880 Cities and named one of the People Changing Philly.

Urban Consulate is a network of parlors for urban exchange. A winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, the Consulate has hosted over 150 conversations in Detroit, Philadelphia & New Orleans to bring people together and share ideas for better cities. Follow @UrbanConsulate on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.