Good Ideas for Cities

Good Ideas for Cities
Innovation

The Velocity Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan recently brought together a collection of experts to discuss the future of cities. We've highlighted a selection of the most inspiring ideas.

Nate Graham
  • 4 november 2009
Organized by CEOs for Cities, the Velocity conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan recently brought together a collection of experts to discuss the future of cities.  A small chunk of the brainstorming from the conference is being shared as a feature on Good Magazine’s blog. Here is a selection of the most inspiring ideas:
Tech Missions: These would entail an army of volunteers or part time workers bringing their geek expertise to cities in an effort to increase tech pervasiveness and understanding.
In Field Accreditation: In a nod to apprenticeship, this would make it possible to gain skills in various subjects while in the field.  Landing somewhere in between trade school and a university degree, in field accreditation includes evaluations and feedback, allowing people of all levels to more easily begin or switch fields.
Pop Up Education: Think of mini soundbites of TED-like knowledge in an elevator or while waiting in line at the DMV.  All learning opportunities would be created by experts to be used by anyone in passing.

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