I have two stories, while being mugged, one man managed to convince his assailant to join him for dinner. Another, cares for those facing extreme poverty. The theme is the ability of one individual to connect with another for the positive.
Using temporary, inexpensive yet creatively designed structures to completely revive areas of destruction or desolation is a positive story emerging from the terrible earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Bull City Forward enables local entrepreneurs in Durham to create world-changing solutions by providing resources to these innovators in a cooperative, collaborative setting. BCF utilizes extensive networks to encourage these ideas to grow.
Over a billion of us live in deteriorating apartment buildings, and in One Millionth Tower, we wanted to discover how harnessing the spirit of the people who live inside can help re-imagine the bleak highrise landscape, anywhere in the world.
Aside from Detroit there are two other cities that have experienced sweeping economic and industrial declines. Turin, Italy is the home of Fiat, which struggled for years, and Youngstown, Ohio which felt the impact of reduced steel production.
Cooperatives, including community and employee-owned enterprises, provide increased economic democracy and distributed profits. Emilia Romagna has used the structure to build multinational companies that make it one Italy's most prosperous regions
Broken City Lab is an artist collective "concepting" the future of Windsor, Ontario. The projects and processes are designed from observations and concerns about Canada's southernmost city, which used to be the auto capital of the British Empire.
JR believes art can change the world. By taking pictures of people and printing them out as huge posters and post them to public spaces like people's roofs or walls by streets, he changes the atmosphere of a neighborhood full of crimes.
Grameen Danone started as a social business collaboration to provide children in Bangladesh with essential vitamins. Through the process Danone discovered that shortening the supply chain and smaller production could also increase profits.
Guatemala city is a place struck by violence and poverty. Overcrowded streets have become "markets" and are surrounded by unmaintained, barren areas. Careful planning has returned a city center street its place as a safe and fun place to coexist.
Traffic in Lagos, Nigeria is pretty nuts. If you live on the Mainland, it can take you 3+ hours to get to work on Lagos Island (with good weather!). A daily commute can involve numerous forms of transportation -- walking, buses, taxis, motorcycles.