Spring 2012 Economic Development Institute - Tracy Certo
Social innova*on exchange
What’s next for Pop City? And Pi<sburgh? • How can we raise the bar in our community in advancing new ideas for social change? • How can we bring a broad cross-‐sec*on of talented people together to work on a speciﬁc problem with the objec*ve of ﬁnding a new way to work through it?
Through social innova/on. Unleashing new ideas to create solu2ons for unmet needs for the public good.
Throw a big party for thinkers. • Bring together good thinkers from many sectors with professionals working on the issue and an engaged audience willing to make a diﬀerence. • Join civic leaders with the inﬂuencers driving change. • Provide a plaLorm to consider ways to solve a problem with a call to ac*on so people can get can involved with the community in crea*ve ways.
Collabora*on is a contact sport. • LUMA Ins*tute, our partner in idea*on: 80 people. Six categories. Hundreds of ideas over 3 hours. • The Sprout Fund, to fund one or more of those ideas from each event up to $50,000. • The Pi<sburgh Founda*on to house the ini*a*ve with three other founda*ons.
What’s involved. (Plenty) • The idea*on event: ge[ng ideas in small groups, shaping ideas and presen*ng one concept to all • Awarding an idea the winner -‐-‐ $$$! • Following up with workshops, mul*ple feature stories and videos about the event, and a focus area on social innova*on.
The main goals? advancing ideas: Around Civic design. Placemaking. Social jus*ce. City-‐building. Cultural vitality. More than a presenta*on—something comes of it and the momentum con*nues through Pop City.
THE CHALLENGESiX Session 1: January 31, 2012 An idea*on session that helps 80 people with wildly divergent ideas and backgrounds generate 12 concepts for advancing change around civic design and place-‐making – in just a few hours…
How might we dis*nguish our city and contribute to its vitality? How might we create more places that energize residents and a<ract visitors? How might we improve in the way of public art, green spaces, ge[ng around and street life?
THE CHALLENGEWhat’s next for SiX? Let’s generate 12 concepts for advancing change around cultural vitality – in just a few hours… Coming June 18…