Community Vibrancy

Fueling social transformation and growth through human-centered design.

3rd International Placemaking Week | October 1-4, 2019 Chattanooga TN

Register to join Bridge Innovate’s Vibrancy Strategy Session on October 1st

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Using human, physical, and cultural assets to enhance the social and civic fabric of a place, community vibrancy builds on a distinctive local character and story. It is a partnership-based strategy that results from a commitment to social equity and meaningful life for its residents, as well as an interesting experience for visitors and a stronger economic base for the area.

(Inspired by: Creative Community Builder’s Handbook by Tom Borrup)


Innovation Tools for Creative Placemaking

What does it take to create a distinctive sense of place that fuels economic growth? How do you go about re-imagining and reshaping the assets your community can offer to residents and guests?

Pulling from our expertise in design thinking, strategy, change theory, asset-based mapping, and development, we help organizations understand how human-centered design can be a meaningful method for creating community vibrancy and social change. Each step of the design thinking process provides communities with a dynamic framework to help get efforts off the ground and bring visions to life.


Vibrancy Strategy: Powered by Design Thinking

Vibrancy Strategy is now a virtual team sport. Our design thinking online platform Sprintbase™ enables teams to create vibrancy strategies virtually with a Bridge Innovate design thinking coach.

This tool provides teams the opportunity to complete an asset inventory, community voices map, and trend analysis to fuel creative strategy.

The virtual Vibrancy Strategy Leadership Certificate Program is a 3-month virtual program covering the stages of research, insights, ideation, prototyping and experimenting, and strategy pitch.

To find out more about cohort team enrollment, contact Mary Kim


Creative Placemaking: Thought Leadership & Education

With a depth of knowledge on innovation and transformation, Bridge provides thought leadership and education opportunities within the creative placemaking community.

From hosting webinars, to leading workshops and delivering keynote sessions, our team has presented at conferences, such as the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking’s Southeast Regional Summit and the the Tennessee Arts & Arts Education Conference.

Sharing our expertise with like-minded leaders, we teach organizations about tangible tools and techniques they can easily and quickly use to launch and accelerate their creative placemaking work. Some of our favorite presentation topics include:

  • How to Build Creative Placemaking Momentum, Excitement, and Engagement by Using Small Scale Experiments to Test Ideas 

  • Train the Trainer. Think Like a Designer: A Session for Educators

Bridge Innovate® Principal, Tamara Gatchell, leads our creative placemaking efforts. Learn more about Tamara and her work.


Innovation Coaching

Sometimes, knowing where to start can be a struggle, and the thought of launching out alone can be daunting. No need to fear. Our innovation coaches are here to help!

We provide coaching services to guide community teams and organizations through each step of the process:

  • Knowledge scanning and empathy building activities (immerse, engage, observe, research) in the Inspire phase.

  • Creating a vibrancy strategy in the Design phase.

  • Conducting small-scale experiments in the Test phase.

  • And finally, crafting a compelling pitch to key stakeholders and potential funders.



Drive continuous innovation and collaborate anywhere with the intuitive design thinking platform Sprintbase™.    


Ignite Leadership Retreat

Ignite your team with alignment, strategic focus, and inspiration to perform during an all-inclusive 1-day leadership retreat.


Design Sprints

Devise, test, and solve big challenges in only five days. Get creative and chart a course for success.  


Graphic Recording

Kick-start the creative process with graphic recording services, where ideas are visually captured in real time.