Join us for the next SiX event on Monday, September 24th at 6 pm. at the New Hazlett Theater when we take a glimpse into the future. The year is 2015 and we'll be gathered in small groups in mock editorial boards. Your role: Help tell the story of social innovation in Pittsburgh by creating headlines about the people, places and projects that will be leading our transformation over the next three years. It could be on any topic, from placemaking or health care to arts and social justice.
"Homewood leads the way in green right-sizing" or "Pittsburgh gains national recognition for new public art campaign."
To kick things off, Josh McManus
of Little Big Things, an independent innovation lab "translating pressing problems into transformative opportunities in mid-sized and post-industrial cities", will talk about his work in other cities.
His current projects include the D:hive, a place-based talent retention and attraction storefront in Detroit, Michigan, Haile’s Kitchen, a foundation innovation model in Cincinnati, Ohio, and PlaceMarket, an open-source platform for city idea exchange. Josh co-founded CreateHere, a place-based talent retention and cultural change project in Chattanooga, that sparked over 300 creative enterprises and over $4 million in real estate purchases, and retained and attracted thousands of individuals to the city along with championing the world’s largest community visioning process with 26,263 surveys collected.
Josh is a constant advocate for using design theory to advance social, cultural and economic progress. In his personal time, he likes to build catalytic cultural projects like Track 29, a performance venue for up to 2,000 people and Bring it Together, a project that can makeover a public school in a weeks time.
Stay tuned for more event details soon, including registration in Pop City starting September 12th. But start thinking now because at the end of this event, the Sprout Fund will issue an RFP for $15,000 for the best idea.
The Social innovation eXchange, otherwise known as SiX, is an event series brought to you by The Pittsburgh Foundation in concert with Pop City and The Sprout Fund and sponsored in part by the Benedum Foundation, the Buhl Foundation and an anonymous foundation.
Who's leading the charge in affecting change for the public good? Social innovation requires us to think differently about how to solve tough social problems; it's getting different people together around the table, from techies and artists to business folks to those already working on the issues, to work collaboratively in finding new solutions. It's not just coming up with ideas. It's putting good ideas to work.
We welcome you to take part.