MIAMI, FL -- Radical Partners has announced that it is launching its next “100 Great Ideas” campaign to help solve South Florida’s climate change crisis.
For five days starting on November 12th, all local residents are invited to join a digital community brainstorm hosted in the “100 Great Ideas” Facebook group. The year the initiative seeks solutions to the question: “What are your best ideas for making South Florida more sustainable and resilient?” Top solutions will be aggregated in a report to be analyzed by local policy and community leaders, investors, and organizations focused on implementation.
South Florida has more residents at risk from climate change than any other US state according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. It is clear that South Florida desperately needs to elevate and implement ideas to help us build a more resilient and sustainable way of living, and Radical Partners, a local social impact accelerator, believes that community members should be proactively engaged in generating and debating solutions.
Many elected and community leaders have already committed to tuning into the climate resilience & sustainability discussion and reviewing the top ideas that arise from the campaign, including:
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber
City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez
City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell
City of Miami Beach Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán
City of Miami Chief Resilience Officer Jane Gilbert
Radical Partners launched the 100 Great Ideas campaigns in 2014 as a way to ease the lift of civic engagement for all Miamians. Its last campaign on Housing Affordability engaged more than 2500 local residents and generated more than 250 unique ideas, which were captured in a final report that was shared widely with the community and elected leaders.
“Engaged communities are stronger communities. We want all locals to take responsibility for solving regional issues, we want it to be easy for locals to engage in the civic process, and we want to make it easier for policy leaders to understand the voice of their community. We want to hear the voices of thousands of locals from all different neighborhoods and backgrounds - and participation is welcomed and encouraged in any language,” said Rebecca Fishman-Lipsey, CEO of Radical Partners.
Fifteen local organizations are serving on the Host Committee for this campaign and will help moderate the online discussion, including Before It’s Too Late, The CLEO Institute, Catalyst Miami, Dream in Green, Engage Miami, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center, Miami Waterkeeper, The Miami Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The New Florida Majority, Sierra Club, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Urban Paradise Guild, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, and VolunteerCleanup.Org. NBCUniversal and The Miami Foundation are supporting this campaign.
The 100 Great Ideas campaign goes live November 12th and will last until November 16th. For more information about the campaign, please visit http://www.radical.partners/100greatideas/ or join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/100GreatIdeasSouthFlorida/. To learn more about local climate change impacts as well as which leaders and organizations are advocating for and implementing solutions, please read this backgrounder.