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Join Us for GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland on February 16

Our new event series pairing creative teams with urban challenges kicks off in Portland, Oregon on February 16.

How would you improve your city? Our new event series might give you some ideas.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities Is Coming to Portland and St. Louis

Our event series hits the road in 2012. Here's how creatives in Portland and St. Louis can apply to present solutions for local problems.

A few months back we announced the expansion of GOOD Ideas for Cities, which taps creative problem solvers to tackle real urban challenges and present solutions at live events across the country. Thanks to our partnership with CEOs for Cities and a generous grant from ArtPlace, we're taking the program to five mid-sized cities in 2012, starting with Portland, Oregon and St. Louis, Missouri.

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GOOD Design Is Growing: Announcing GOOD Ideas for Cities

The next chapter in our GOOD Design program will be funded by an exciting new initiative to drive urban revitalization through the arts nationwide.



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.

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Steal This Idea: GOOD Design L.A.

When the worlds of creativity and problem-solving intersect, you sometimes get beautifully practical results. That’s why we asked eight creative...

When the worlds of creativity and problem-solving intersect, you sometimes get beautifully practical results. That’s why we asked eight creative teams to present solutions to eight city problems—from how we move across the city to finding out where our food comes from—proposed by a group of Los Angeles urban leaders. The goal is two-fold: to show creatives as large-scale problem solvers that should be tapped by local government, and to demonstrate that some of the best civic ideas can come from outside City Hall.

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Join Us for GOOD LA's Launch Weekend: April 8, 9, and 10

Next month we're publishing the Los Angeles issue of our magazine and launching a new local community for L.A. Celebrate both with us!

We're celebrating the publication of the Los Angeles issue of our magazine, and the launch of GOOD LA, a new local community for Los Angeles residents. So we're throwing a party to honor our hometown and the people who make it work (that's you!).

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GOOD Design Sarasota: Three Ideas for Conserving and Celebrating Water

Back in February, I headed to the Ringling College of Art & Design to launch our second GOOD Design program at a school, GOOD Design Sarasota...


Back in February, I headed to the Ringling College of Art & Design to launch our second GOOD Design program at a school, GOOD Design Sarasota (you can read more about previous GOOD Design events here). Working closely with Ringling instructors Tim Rumage and Colleen Eddy, and adviser Mary Craig, the students spent eight weeks grappling with one of the biggest issues confronting any city today: Water. I recently traveled back to Sarasota, Florida to watch the students' final presentations, which were enthusiastically attended by local municipal and environmental leaders. I'm happy to report back on their excellent ideas here.

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Sarita Guillory, Sarah McCauley, Zachary Farrell, Alex Shear, Alexandra Gesar, Benjamin Kowalski, Catherine Pellegrino
When approaching the issue of water, there are dozens of issues quite literally surrounding Sarasota. But in their research, the students latched onto one interesting insight: The city's water plan—a strategy for supplying water for residents from the local watershed—ended in 2030, meaning after this date, the city had no long-term solution in place for providing water. The students in one group decided that they needed to use that date as a kind of deadline: They chose to communicate to local residents that time—and water—was running out.

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