An On the Table discussion in Akron, Ohio.

Today, Knight Foundation is announcing a $2 million reinvestment in the On the Table initiative to connect neighbors over mealtime conversations in cities.

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    Philadelphia: Building a stronger city through public spaces

    May 24, 2018 by Patrick J. Morgan

    Philadelphia: Building a stronger city through public spaces

    Photo by Garen M. on Flickr.

    Philadelphia’s public spaces are experiencing a resurgence. From recently opened Lovett Library Park to excitement around the soon to be open Cherry Street Pier, new investments in these community centerpieces have created deeper connections between people and their city and invited a cross-section of residents to participate in building the kind of neighborhoods where they want to live.

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    Building Miami’s innovation ecosystem side by side with our community

    March 26, 2018 by Raul Moas

    Building Miami’s innovation ecosystem side by side with our community

    A panorama view of Miami. Used under CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.

    We’re proud to be a part of what the Miami community has accomplished in such a small window of time. Miami’s innovation economy is growing. Yet much remains to be achieved. In a spirit of continuous learning, we want to hear from you – those building the future Miami – about what it will take to succeed.

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    A Smart City puts residents at the center

    March 20, 2018 by Lilian Coral

    A Smart City puts residents at the center

    Technology is changing cities as we know them. From sensors that track pedestrians and control street lights, to the ways local governments deliver information, digital innovation affects how city residents experience everyday life and get and share information.

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    Harvard University Graduate School of Design to work with Miami community on multi-year resiliency project

    March 20, 2018 by Mohsen Mostafavi

    Harvard University Graduate School of Design to work with Miami community on multi-year resiliency project

    Photos courtesy of Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    To engage Miami residents in creating new approaches to address pressing urban issues—including affordable housing, transportation and sea level rise—Knight Foundation has announced $1 million in support to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. With the funding, the school will embed urban researchers in Miami and Miami Beach to better understand the cities’ opportunities and challenges, and launch a multi-year study toward building solutions shaped by residents.

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    Promoting Literacy and Community Engagement in Miami

    March 19, 2018 by Suze Guillaume

    Promoting Literacy and Community Engagement in Miami

    Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to enhance public spaces, mobility and civic engagement. Photos: Suze Guillaume and Angelica Walker

    Suze Guillaume is a Miami-based social entrepreneur, author and founder of the Beyond Literacy Pop-Up Project. Below she writes about her experience with the Emerging City Champions program, which is accepting applications for its 2018 class until April 2, 2018.

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    Helping build cities for and by people

    March 13, 2018 by Chad Rochkind

    Helping build cities for and by people

    Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to enhance public spaces, mobility and civic engagement. Photo provided by Chad Rochkind.

    Chad Rochkind is the founder of Human Scale Studio, an Emerging City Champion and a Knight Cities Challenge winner. Below he writes about his experience with the Emerging City Champions program, which is accepting applications for its 2018 class until April 2, 2018.

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    Trust in news, misinformation and new media models top agenda at Knight Media Forum

    February 27, 2018 by Marika Lynch

    Trust in news, misinformation and new media models top agenda at Knight Media Forum

    Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO O'Reilly Media, and Emmett Carson, founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation onstage at the Knight Media Forum 2018. Photo: Angel Valentin

    As far as trust in the media is concerned, the 21st century is off to a bumpy start. As bots proliferate, attacks on a free press continue and the average person finds it difficult to separate fact from fiction, trust in American news sources is sinking to new lows. Just how the media can regain trust was at the heart of the conversation at the Knight Media Forum, a gathering of leaders in philanthropy, media and technology working to strengthen local news and communities.

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    This newsroom used On the Table as an experiment in audience engagement

    February 26, 2018 by Sandra Shea

    This newsroom used On the Table as an experiment in audience engagement

    Sandra Shea is the managing editor, Opinion, for the Philadelphia Media Network. Below, she writes about the Philadelphia Media Network's experience with On the Table in 2017. Today, Knight Foundation is announcing a $2 million re-investment in the On the Table initiative to connect neighbors over mealtime conversations in cities.

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    Three things community foundations learned from On the Table

    February 26, 2018 by Lilly Weinberg

    Three things community foundations learned from On the Table

    A 2017 On the Table discussion in Charlotte, N.C. Photo courtesy of Foundation for the Carolinas.

    Today, Knight Foundation is announcing a $2 million reinvestment in the On the Table initiative to connect neighbors over mealtime conversations in cities.

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    Citizen Detroit: Helping residents set the agenda for change

    February 22, 2018 by Sheila Cockrel

    Citizen Detroit: Helping residents set the agenda for change

    CitizenDetroit's Citizen Assembly.

    Sheila Cockrel is co-founder and executive director for CitizenDetroit, an independent nonprofit that organizes and activates engaged citizens in the democratic process. Citizen Detroit is receiving $1.5 million in new support from Knight Foundation. 

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    At Knight Media Forum, the focus is strengthening local news and communities

    February 15, 2018 by Marika Lynch

    At Knight Media Forum, the focus is strengthening local news and communities

    At a time when trust in media, and institutions in general, is dangerously low, how can news organizations work to rebuild it? What effect does the trend have on people’s engagement in solving local issues? 

    Starting Tuesday morning Feb. 20, the Knight Media Forum will tackle these topics and more, as it gathers leaders in philanthropy, media and technology to look at ways to strengthen both local news and communities. The event will be streamed online, and features a range of speakers including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who recently piloted the news service WikiTribune, and former CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer, who will address how our society can navigate the information overload that surrounds us.

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    Four things we learned from Knight Cities Challenge winners

    January 12, 2018 by George Abbott

    Four things we learned from Knight Cities Challenge winners

    Place Make the Vote 2016, a Knight Cities Challenge winning project.

    The Knight Cities Challenge was an initiative to surface new ideas to advance the success of the cities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. From 2014-2017 the challenge awarded nearly $15 million to 99 winners. Although many projects are just getting underway, we’ve already been able to glean many lessons from the ideas and innovators that it surfaced, which will help to shape Knight’s work in communities into the future.

    The winners represent a huge variety of projects from musical swings in public spaces to simultaneous shared meals in hundreds of homes, from new zoning overlays to pop-up bike lanes. They are united in that they are all pursuing innovative projects that take them outside their comfort zones in the quest for successful cities.

    What can we learn from them? What are the lessons for practitioners that we can take from the winning projects?

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    Public spaces are at the center of city-building

    January 9, 2018 by Lisa King

    Public spaces are at the center of city-building

    Lisa King is executive director for Summit Metro Parks in Akron, Ohio. Knight Foundation recently announced new funding to Summit Metro Parks, focused on connecting Akron’s downtown revival to neighborhoods across the city. 

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    Streets for people: Using Pokémon GO to power civic engagement

    January 8, 2018 by Charlotte Castle

    Streets for people: Using Pokémon GO to power civic engagement

    Photos by Samantha Madera, courtesy of City of Philadelphia.

    Charlotte Castle is the Vision Zero and neighborhood programs coordinator for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (OTIS). Below she writes about an October 2017 initiative launched by Knight Foundation and Niantic, the creators of Pokémon GO, to explore how technology can foster community engagement in several cities where Knight invests.

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    Unlocking urban resiliency by building a collaborative commons

    December 12, 2017 by Ric Herrero

    Unlocking urban resiliency by building a collaborative commons

    Maker Faire Miami 2017.

    Ric Herrero is co-founder and president of MANO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a sustainable maker culture in the Greater Miami area. Knight Foundation has supported the evolution of MANO’s work in Miami and recently made an additional funding commitment to the organization.