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We've been digging the illustrative goodness on this Vibrant Cities Challenge Pedal Power concept from Kevin Siwoff 
 
We're charging through the Vibrant Cities Challenge Concepting phase – with fresh ideas pouring in and collaborative conversations leading to innovative developments. Which of our seven themes are going to spark ideas for you: Create Connections, Empower Youth, Design for Well-being, Amplify Citizen Voices, Re-purpose Spaces, Foster Local Identity, Enable Entrepreneurship? Plenty to get excited about – with a slew of fab examples on each, which were collected by everyone during the Inspiration phase. Check out our updated Tips on Concepting – with the nudge to keep in mind that we're especially keen on low-cost, grassroots solutions which engage and involve people in their communities.
 
This week we chatted with Detroit-based entrepreneur and advocate, Phillip Cooley – who has been leading a variety of vibrant revitalisation efforts in the city. Like us, he's a fan of collaborative, enabling, bottom-up approaches: "Activating a community is far more beneficial than dropping massive amounts of money in it." Plus he shares some great tips with us to motivate our concepting for the Vibrant Cities Challenge.
 
And did you catch this latest update from our Tokyo university OpenSTORMERS? Great to check in on their reflections if you're planning your own OpenSTORM – which you can do for our current challenge using the Brainstorm-in-a-Box toolkit. Bring on the collaboration!
 
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