Worth noting that earlier this year, I launched 100 Good Folks, which aims to entice 100 people to move to Bloomington, IN and bring their ideas and passion. It’s an idea I borrowed from Boulder.us from back in 2006 where that community had folks coalescing around bringing people to town though they didn’t have to really sell it that hard.
The other is Design of the City, an initiative where a group of designers work with civic leaders to redesign communities. This has nothing to do with art & culture and everything to do with mundane things like policy and how services in communities work. Using service design techniques and frameworks, we’re convinced we can make a big impression and affect change in communities across the country.