We believe that communities are capable of solving their own challenges - they just need low-barrier methods to join together and address core issues.
Our 100 Great Ideas campaigns are social-media based conversations where we invite anyone and everyone to share their opinion about the best way to solve a serious community issue. The campaigns are short, (usually 5-10 days), and at the end of the campaigns, we synthesize all ideas into a coherent report which we publish broadly. We then bring the top ideas to the decision-makers in the community who have the ability to implement them.
Our first campaign
co-hosted by Francine Madera, focused on the future of Miami's libraries. With funding cuts looming, some community leaders began asking whether libraries were even relevant to the needs of the community. We wanted to know what the community wanted to see at their libraries, and over the course of a 10-day period, we sourced more than 150 great ideas.
After the campaign ended, we published the results in this report, and shared our reflections in an article for the Huffington Post. We also sat down with the interim director of Miami's public library system, as well as the head of arts and parks for the city. We also met with a community major and heads of several foundations and organizations. The ideas were well received, and many of them have been implemented.
Our second campaign
co-hosted by Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, focused on the future of the Miami Airport. Over the course of 5 days, the 100 Great Ideas Facebook group swelled to more than 900 participants, and once again, more than 150 ideas were sourced. Those ideas were synthesized into key trends, which can be reviewed in this report. We published an article once again for the Huffington Post, and scheduled a sit down with the director of the airport, as well as his team. We invited 10 participants from the campaign who best represented the ideas that were put forth by the collective.
Our third campaign
focused on Transit, was cohosted by Marta Viciedo and Ralph Rosado. In less than a week, the group swelled to over 1700 members, and more than 400 ideas were generated and discussed. The most popular idea was to engage community leaders and locals in a period of action where they actually ride public transit themselves to get a hands-on understanding of the issues. We are working to make that idea come to life.
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