|The Initiative Collective|
Seal of the Initiative Collective
|Group||The Initiative Collective|
|Headquarters||(by branch) 39° 12' 50.01" N, 79° 38' 13.60" W|
|Members||* CAI: SF|
* CAI: Oakland
* UKI Central
|Allies||Legacy Initiative (Utah), Xtreme Justice League, United Earth Hopeforce|
|Actions||Neighborhood watch, humanitarian outreach, safety education, volunteer services|
The Initiative Collective (often referred to as "The Initiative," "The ][C," or simply "The ][") is a coalition of several teams of Real Life Superheroes, based in different regions of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The founding chapter was the New York Initiative, after which different branches or "Initiatives" were established.
The Initiative Collective describes their mission as such:
"The Initiative is a grassroots group of volunteers who have banded together across states – and countries – to help empower people in their communities by any creative means necessary."
Many members of the Initiative do not employ superhero-style gimmicks when on street patrol, and some employ them only online or at special events. Notable exceptions include the San Francisco, Oakland, SoCal, Illinois, and UKI Liverpool branches.
The New York Initiative was founded on October 3, 2009, as a collaborative effort by Zero (PA), Zimmer (TX), Lucid (PA), and TSAF (Detroit, MI), who had relocated to New York for the express purpose of combating violent crime there. This lineup of the NYI was featured in the Documentary "Superheroes" by Michael Barnett, which premiered in January of 2011 at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The NYI opened up its first satellite branch, the Virginia Initiative, in June of 2011, overseen by Ira Ui'Raghallaigh ("O'Reilly") and Deaths Head Moth. This also began the practice of actively abbreviating each new branch by its state abbreviation, followed by "I".
CAI: Los Angeles
After an extended absence from the group he co-founded, former NYI member Lucid co-found the California Initiative: Los Angeles with Deimos in April of 2012, making it the second branch established in California. NYI member Short Cut also joined the CAI:LA for a time thereafter.
The Illinois Initiative was founded on February 11, 2013 by long-time RLSH Treesong. An earlier, prototype incarnation of the ILI that was based in Chicago did not pan out, and some members of that team went on to form the Greater Chicagoland SuperHero Initiative, and later to P.A.T.C.H..
The Tennessee Memphis Initiative was founded in July of 2013 by former California Initiative member, Thomas "Olde School" Strange, who was responsible for the creation and success of the California Initiative’s successful used needle pickup program.
T.R.I.B.E. and the "Hero Initiative" Split
Due to ongoing internal tension, the NYI separated itself from The Initiative Collective as a whole - and from superhero-style imagery altogether - in 2013, and began using the name "T.R.I.B.E.". The resulting schism drove the remaining branches to adopt the name "Hero Initiative", and NYI member Spectre to assume management of the New York branch. After nearly two years, amends with Zero were made in late 2015, leading all branches to reunite under the original "Initiative" banner while Zero went on to pursue other projects.
In April of 2016, on-and-off-again NYI member Dark Guardian left to start his own team, the New York Ronin, which eventually branched out into several satellite groups around the United States.
CAI: Oakland/East Bay
NightBug and Rock N Roll opened the California Initiative: East Bay on June 11, 2017, making it the third California-based Initiative branch. They left the original SF branch in the hands of Shadarko.
Doctor Mystery founded the California Initiative: SoCal on August 22, 2017, making it the fourth branch to be founded in California. In April of 2023, the team became inactive after leader and sole remaining member Spectral Hawk withdrew his membership from the Collective. Since then, the team has been inactive.
Following the return of Zero (now known as D3V1L) in 2020, a new NYI team was launched. This iteration featured both a street patrol team, as well as a team of dedicated cyber investigators. In April of 2023, this new team announced they would be leaving the greater Initiative Collective.