GOOD Design Is Growing: Announcing GOOD Ideas for Cities

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GOOD Design Is Growing: Announcing GOOD Ideas for Cities

by Alissa Walker

September 17, 2011

 At GOOD, we know the power of creative thinkers when it comes to tackling urban problems. Creatives have a unique ability to make big ideas easy to understand, visualize solutions in a way that gets people engaged, and connect with audiences. Three years ago, we created a series of events called GOOD Design to showcase how creatives can solve real problems proposed by urban leaders. And today, we're excited to announce that GOOD and CEOs for Cities will be collaborating on the new chapter of this initiative, GOOD Ideas for Cities, funded in part through a grant from ArtPlace, a new nationwide initiative to drive urban revitalization through the arts.

ArtPlace is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and 11 top foundations—including the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies—that are combining forces to accelerate the work of creatives who are improving their cities. 34 local projects in cities across the country, ranging from a Detroit street that's being converted into a cultural center to a high-tech, socially-focused urban redevelopment project in San Francisco, will share $11.5 million in grants. You can read more about the initiative in The New York Times, and you can even apply to be a part of it: ArtPlace is already looking for its next round of grantees.

Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, as part of CEOs for Cities' national conference, and at several design schools across the country. We're hoping this grant will allow us to do even more.

The most inspiring part of these GOOD Design events is seeing how creatives and city leaders working together to bring their ideas to life. Most recently, a GOOD event in Los Angeles called "Steal This Idea" featured six creative teams tackling everything from transportation to public media, with clients ranging from LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy to L.A. Food Policy Council director Paula Daniels. And we're already seeing the ideas popping up locally.

One of the L.A. solutions, a board game to help train volunteers working with the homeless, is already in use at recent workshops in L.A. and New York. Becky Kanis, director for 100,000 Homes, says it has created a drastic bureaucratic shift. "It tends to cut processing time in half!" she says. "Serious systems change." In the health community, a solution by Karten Design for the USC Center for Body Computing has led to Stuart Karten joining the groundbreaking center to work on other wireless health solutions. Our hope is that our partnership with CEOs for Cities and guidance from ArtPlace will help us to implement more of these solutions across the country.

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