Cities must nurture the capitalistic, materialistic, ambitious, passionate, honest, authentic, and practical people that are its citizens. The city should become an interconnected series of creative petri dishes, inspiring individuals to invest in themselves and the community through a variety of endeavors that generate revenue and meaning for all. Programs, initiatives, and management would be designed to uplift and instill pride in individuals and the community. Branding, documenting, and showcasing the excellence of individuals, initiatives, and neighborhoods would be a critical success variable.
This is part 22 of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the CEOs for Cities Velocity conference in September, 2009. We’ll post a new idea each day until we run out, at which point we’re counting on you to come up with something smart. Do you have a good idea for improving your city? Add it in the comments below, or tweet it to @GOOD with hashtag #cityideas—we’ll publish the best ones. Tomorrow’s idea: Lending Circles.