Damn, that’s a mouthful of a post title, isn’ it?
To break it down, I met Chris Kingsley from the National League of Cities just over a year ago while he was working with the Knight Foundation to produce a report identifying bright spots in community engagement in cities across America. Pleased to find that Philadelphia was making the ranks of those bright spots, I happily shared what I’d seen over the previous 5 years of community engagement both within the scope of Indy Hall but also a number of significant shifts that I’d been noticing on a larger scale.
They’ve completed the report (pdf link), and I’m pretty proud of the amount of Indy Hall & Philadelphia story are told. Even a number of our members are highlighted in the photos. Enjoy the report embedded below.
And as a bonus, here are the slides from a conference call about these topics that I participated in last week with Jeff Friedman & Paul Wright from the Office of New Urban Mechanics and Open Access Philadelphia.
Thanks so much to Chris Kingsley & NLC, The Knight Foundation, and most of all to my colleagues and community members that continue to inspire me with what’s possible when the community is running on all 8 cylinders of engagement.