OpenIDEO has partnered with Steelcase to explore the topic of restoring vibrancy to cities and regions facing economic decline. Together we’re looking to design solutions – from entrepreneurship and education to community mobilisation and campaigns – that reinvigorate places like Detroit, Michigan; Madrid, Spain; Athens, Greece; and others currently struggling with loss of industry, population decline, unemployment, erosion of social/civic services, or other issues.
While each region and community faces a difficult course ahead, each is also brimming with potential. In fact, many efforts – some of them grassroots, some more formalised – are currently underway to activate residents, reconnect communities, identify entrepreneurial opportunities, and infuse new economic growth in cities and areas around the world. Now’s our chance to identify the economic, cultural, social or environmental levers we can pull to usher in the vibrancy and prosperity these areas need to thrive.
So whether we’re in Detroit or Dublin or Dubai, let’s put our heads together to learn about the challenge, share inspirations and develop solutions that bring renewed energy and resources to our own communities. And don’t forget to spread the word on our efforts by sharing this email with your friends, classmates and coworkers – because we design better, together!