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Ryan O’Connor

  • Communities

    Ryan O’Connor is interim executive director for 8 80 Cities, a nonprofit dedicated to making cities more livable. Twenty creative urbanists will join the 2017 Emerging City Champions fellowship program, an initiative of 8 80 Cities funded by Knight Foundation. Now in its third year, the program empowers young leaders to experiment with new solutions to urgent […]

    Article · May 15, 2017 by

  • Communities

    Above: Charlotte Living Room Project by Varian Shrum, a 2015 Emerging City Champion. Credit: Mert Jones. Ryan O’Connor is project manager for 8 80 Cities, a nonprofit dedicated to making cities more livable. Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities have selected 20 civic innovators to participate in the 2016 Emerging City Champions fellowship program. The […]

    Article · May 9, 2016 by

  • Communities

    This article is cross-posted from 8 80 Cities, where Ryan O’Connor is a blogger. Funded by Knight Foundation, the K880 Emerging City Champions program provides young, emerging, and diverse leaders with the opportunity to make immediate and lasting impacts in their communities  Photo above from @DearAkron on Twitter Following the waves started at the beginning of […]

    Article · November 23, 2015 by

  • Communities

    Above: People enjoying the Michigan Avenue parklet. Credit: Matthew Hughes. This article is cross-posted from the 8 80 Cities blog. For many people, life slows down a bit in the summer months. For the K880 Emerging City Champions, this summer was a time to make things happen. This would come as no surprise to anyone […]

    Article · November 10, 2015 by

  • Communities

    Photo of Detroit by Flickr user Mike Boening.  Ryan O’Connor is project manager for 8 80 Cities, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming cities. Here he writes about the first class of K880 Emerging City Champions, a fellowship program supported by Knight Foundation.  Every city needs champions. Local champions see the potential to create meaningful change […]

    Article · May 28, 2015 by