You’re invited to experience the real LA

For changework, local context is essential.

And you can’t get that context from a simple site visit. What you need is an insight visit that shows you how all of the pieces fit together to create lasting change. That’s the inspiration for LA Inside & Out.

LA Inside & Out tours are deep-dive immersion experiences thoughtfully designed in collaboration with community leaders across Los Angeles. Each half-day tour takes you on a journey of social innovation into the heart of LA’s most dynamic neighborhoods where you’ll have the chance to participate like a local rather than just observe as an outsider.

Registration will open later this summer for the limited-space tours, all of which take place the morning of November 14 before Upswell officially kicks off.  If you ask us, we can’t think of a better reason to arrive in LA early!

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Hidden HiFi Tour

Just west of downtown LA, Historic Filipinotown (HiFi) is one of the city’s most bustling, culturally rich, and ethnically diverse communities. You’re invited to jump in a Jeepney for a two-hour arts, culture, and equitable development driving tour. You’ll learn about the creative side of addressing gentrification, explore a lively affordable housing community space, and meet the organizers leading movements focused on workers’ rights, human trafficking, and immigration justice.

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Homes. Support. Success.

You’ve heard that homelessness is one of the most devastating challenges facing LA. On the front lines, the Downtown Women’s Center and Skid Row Housing Trust are rapidly innovating their way toward a better future. On this tour, you’ll get to know formerly homeless residents and experience firsthand how groundbreaking approaches to permanent housing are transforming lives.

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Sustainable Little Tokyo

Only three Japantowns still exist in the United States, and Los Angeles’ 134-year-old Little Tokyo isn’t just persevering – it’s thriving. Thanks to a community-driven sustainability initiative, Little Tokyo will be healthy, equitable, and culturally rich for generations to come. On this tour, you’ll explore the impact of public redevelopment and investment projects, taste some of Little Tokyo’s most delicious food, and experience the community’s vibrant arts scene.

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