100 Great Ideas | Atlanta
The 100 Great Ideas Atlanta report is NOW AVAILABLE!
About 100 Great Ideas Atlanta
From April 8-12, 2019, during National Fair Housing Month, Enterprise Community Partners conducted the 100 Great Ideas Atlanta campaign on housing affordability. The five-day, online community brainstorm (held in a Facebook group) invited Atlanta residents to share their ideas on the question “What are the best ways to improve housing affordability in metro Atlanta?”
Over the course of the week, 863 residents generated nearly 200 ideas and engaged in meaningful dialogue to share and discuss ideas and learn from neighbors and experts in the field.
Following the campaign, we synthesized all the ideas offered into a downloadable report (please see above). We are sharing the report with elected officials and other community leaders in the city and surrounding counties, and engaging them in discussion about the top ideas.
Why a Campaign?
We believe that communities can solve their own challenges. They just need low-barrier methods to collectively address core issues. When we have higher levels of community engagement, residents can own and take leadership over civic change, rather than just observing or even providing feedback on policy proposals.
Campaigns are solution-oriented, generative and collaborative — and allow participants to join from anywhere. Participants in 100 Great Ideas Atlanta contributed from throughout the metro region.
What are the Challenges?
Before you explore our report on the campaign, please take a moment to review our backgrounder (available in English and Spanish) to learn more about the housing affordability challenges in metro Atlanta.
A fantastic group of expert hosts and moderators helped organize and orchestrate the campaign. They offered ideas, asked and answered questions, and cheered on participants. They will continue to partner with Enterprise as we advocate with local officials and share the ideas generated. We are grateful to Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Atlanta Regional Commission, Center for Civic Innovation, Georgia ACT, Georgia Stand-Up, Mercy Housing, Partners for HOME, Quest Community Development Organization, TransFormation Alliance, and Urban Land Institute for collaborating on this effort.
Additionally, we are thankful to the Atlanta Voice for serving as media partner for 100 Great Ideas Atlanta. As part of the campaign, they hosted an engaging Facebook Live panel discussion called “Connecting the Dots…Transit, Health, Equity, and Housing,” moderated by publisher and executive director of SUMMECH Community Development Corporation Janis L. Ware, to bring attention to the affordability issues facing Atlanta.
What Is 100 Great Ideas?
Enterprise partnered with social impact accelerator Radical Partners to bring a “100 Great Ideas” campaign on housing affordability to Atlanta. Radical Partners founded 100 Great Ideas as a vehicle for accessible community engagement, and after four successful implementations in Miami, they were excited to scale the concept to new regions in partnership with organizations in those regions.
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For any questions or comments about the campaign, please reach out to Tim Block, program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.