To create, test and release open-source software that links databases to allow citizens of a large city to learn (and act on) civic information about their neighborhood or block
To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network
To allow Mobilize.org to expand Democracy 2.0 - its community-based, millennial-led engagement project - into five Knight communities: Detroit, San Jose, Miami, Charlotte and Philadelphia
To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
To develop the model YMCA Newcomer-Immigrant Program which will be implemented in seven Knight communities and then replicated nationally to support the successful integration of immigrants into our communities
Bringing people together to connect and engage in four Knight resident cities (Charlotte, Macon, Philadelphia and San Jose) with a musical swings installation that plays music when used and more complex melodies when people collaborate to use them together.
To implement Benevolent.net's program in Charlotte, Detroit and San Jose to enable citizens to engage with each other by supporting one-time challenges that their neighbors confront through an online platform
To introduce educators in Knight communities to action civics through the Mikva Challenge's 'New Civics Practitioners Conference' in June 2015.
To bring Springboard for the Arts' Community Supported Art program to Knight Foundation's eight communities over the next two years, inspiring local art movements
To support various creative placemaking activities, facilitated by Hunter Franks, that will inspire robust engagement and change perceptions of place in Knight communities.
To expand the Jane's Walk program into Knight resident communities and develop a model and set of resources for expansion into other cities across the U.S.