Knight Blog

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

Interactive workshop in Akron fosters a greater sense of community

Sept. 6, 2011, 10:10 a.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

Knight Foundation recently hosted an interactive workshop to foster a greater sense of community in Akron with speaker Peter Kageyama. Over 200 people attended. To assist the effort, the team from The Civic Commons, a Knight-funded civic engagement platform, captured Akron residents’ sentiments prior to the workshop through a “nametag project”. During the workshop, the Commons put up its Mobile Engagement Studio and interviewed participants throughout the event about what might transform Akron and what they love about their city. You can check out the ongoing conversation here


The Charlotte Observer profiles launch of new website

Sept. 1, 2011, 4:04 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller


The Charlotte Observer this week covered the launch of a new website that gives Charlotte art lovers the opportunity to choose exactly how they want their money to be spent on cultural projects.

The article highlights the new site’s unique way of engaging and connecting visitors directly with the wide variety of cultural events in the city and how it allows them to share their ideas with others:

“A visitor to the site can filter the requests by topic - such as music, visual art, history or science - or search for a specific cultural group. A viewer who's won over by a project can make a donation by credit card. Links to Facebook and Twitter enable donors to tip off their friends.”

As national spotlight shifts to jobs, Akron well positioned for growth

Sept. 1, 2011, 12:34 p.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

After only one year on the job, University Park Alliance’s executive director, Eric Johnson, is emerging as an Akron leader with a vision. 

His op-ed article in the Akron Beacon Journal offers insight into the promising future of Akron and the strength behind an engaged community: