Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

$5 million Knight Cities Challenge opens for ideas

Oct. 1, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? Today we’re starting a journey to answer that question and uncover new thinking from civic innovators of all kinds everywhere. We call it the Knight Cities Challenge, and Knight Foundation is investing $5 million to move these ideas forward.

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"Knight Cities Challenge opens for applications" - Press Release (10/1/2014)

"Knight Cities Challenge offers $5 million to uncover ideas to make cities more successful" - by Carol Coletta on Knight Blog (9/15/2014)

Research shows that three of the most powerful levers for city success are talent, opportunity and engagement. We know that if your city can attract and retain talent, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement then your city is much more likely to be successful.

But what we don’t know is how to get there. That’s why we’re running the challenge and looking for ideas to advance talent, opportunity and engagement in the 26 Knight communities.

The challenge runs through 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Nov. 14, 2014. During the next six weeks we will hold a series of community Q&As in many of the 26 Knight communities to tell you more about the challenge and to answer any questions you may have.

Knight News Challenge: Libraries moves to ‘feedback phase’

Sept. 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Posted by Chris Barr


Knight News Challenge: Libraries is now closed.  We received more than 675 submissions, including some offline; we’re still counting, so the final number may change. Thanks to everyone who entered. Here’s what happens next:

From now until Oct. 21, we’ll be in the “feedback” phase where we review the submissions. We invite everyone to join us in looking through the ideas, asking questions and giving feedback.

We read every application we get, but we’ve also asked nine people to join us as (paid) readers; they’ll go through every application and help us select the semifinalists. You can identify them on the site by the “reader” tags on their profile photos.

Dlectricity illuminates the streets of Detroit

Sept. 30, 2014, 12:30 p.m., Posted by Mary M. Chapman

Detroit Institute of Arts illuminated as part of Dlectricity. Photo by Jon Deboer via Flickr.

The epiphany came when Jonathan Lewald was enjoying a projected light installation at the nighttime arts festival Dlectricity.

“Detroit’s coming back, baby,” he turned and yelled to no one in particular, his face flecked with dancing reflections. “This is what we do!”

As Detroit seeks to regain its financial footing, its long-rich arts and cultural scene is emerging as a principal propeller of the city’s rejuvenation.