Thriving Communities 2.0
Challenge – How might we leverage our local arts and cultural assets to create community vibrancy and economic growth? This was the challenge facing the four regional community teams selected to be part of the second cohort of Thriving Communities, a program designed to support cities and towns to “grow from within.”
Solution – Bridge Innovate® partnered with Thrive Regional Partnership and the Lyndhurst Foundation in the design and delivery of a 10-month community accelerator program. Thriving Communities is a powerful intersection between design thinking and creative-placemaking to enhance leadership and community development. Participating teams learned strategic approaches to leverage their artistic and cultural assets in order to spark economic vibrancy. Ideas were incubated, tested, and iterated in each individual community to foster continual feedback from fellow citizens and neighbors. As a result, the final strategies were authentically shaped by the people who live, work and play in these communities.
Thriving Communities 1.0
Challenge – Eight teams of community leaders from Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama were selected to participate in the initial Thriving Communities program focused on the design challenge: How might we utilize arts and culture to create community vibrancy and economic growth?
Solution – Using the best of design thinking methodology and asset mapping, Bridge Innovate® designed and delivered a three-month program coaching community teams to create synergistic arts and culture growth strategies for the region.
Results – Two communities received funding to implement their big ideas, four additional communities are receiving continued program support. More than $1million in investment funding was raised, and sponsoring organizations decided to expand the program to more communities in the future.