Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

22 ideas win Knight News Challenge: Libraries

Jan. 30, 2015, 8:42 a.m., Posted by Chris Barr

In September we launched the 12th Knight News Challenge, on libraries, asking the question, “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Today we’re announcing 22 winners of that challenge, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for their ideas.

Building on previous experience working with libraries, this challenge has helped us learn a great deal about libraries and the challenges they face while serving the information needs of their communities. Several themes emerged among the winners, including focusing on digital rights and privacy; history and digital preservation; the maker movement; and open data.

We look forward to learning more as the projects develop and to applying that knowledge to our work more broadly. Additionally, we have experienced firsthand the enthusiasm inside and outside of libraries for making them vibrant civic institutions in a digital age.

Knight Cities podcast: Sandra Kulli on creating community

Jan. 28, 2015, 12:01 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

How do you create a sense of community in a brand new development? It’s a question Sandra Kulli, a real estate marketing strategist, has been wrestling with for years. She is president of Kulli Marketing, and we had a chance to catch up recently in Todos Santos, Mexico, the site of one of her newest projects, Tres Santos. It’s a project that could have been a typical resort on the Pacific, but the developer chose instead to forego gates and golf courses to reach for an authentic connection to the people in this small Mexican town.

This week on “Knight Cities,” Sandra and I talk about what people want out of community today and how to deliver it.

Miami events connect thriving community of makers, artists and entrepreneurs

Jan. 27, 2015, 4 p.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

Photo: Networking at Waffle Wednesday, courtesy Live Ninja. 

It’s difficult to believe that January is nearly gone. We have a terrific lineup of events supported by Knight Foundation for the remainder of this month and next month too. I want to especially mention that Knight Arts Challenge South Florida is now open for you to submit your arts ideas. The deadline is Feb. 23. Come help us kick off the challenge during a party tonight at Gramps in Wynwood.

Here’s a look at what else lies ahead: