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Indy Hall Featured in Knight Foundation & National League of Cities Report: Case Studies of U.S. Communities Creating Greater Civic Participation from the Bottom Up

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by Alex Hillman

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.

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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.

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Alex Hillman I am always thinking about the intersection of people, relationships, trust and business. I founded Indy Hall in 2006, making us one of oldest fully independent coworking communities in the world. This site is packed with the lessons and examples I’ve learned along the way. You can find me on Twitter, too! 🐦 Say hi.