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Everyone has a voice, we provide the megaphone. Our expertise is in creating unconventional engagement strategies that get people informed, involved, and excited about new initiatives in their cities.
Our goal is to help create resilient communities where people are actively engaged and fairly represented in their city—to do this we need to involve as many perspectives as possible in the process of city building.
Traditional methods of public engagement (like 7pm meetings at City Hall) tend to attract a narrow segment of the population. That’s why we focus on playful, imaginative, and approachable engagement activities that attract a wide range of stakeholders.
Changing cities starts by harnessing exceptional new ideas and taking action. That's what 8 80 Idea Labs are all about.
Over the course of one day, we will share our knowledge of cities with you and your team (the more diverse, the better!) and guide you through a process to generate new ideas for your community.
Our global experience lets us bring fresh perspectives and the latest international practices that will enable renewed thinking about your city. Our city-building approach--which is to create resilient communities where all people are actively engaged and fairly represented in the public realm--helps to shift conventional viewpoints and open minds to innovative concepts.
We will challenge you to think critically about your ideas and support you in building a robust strategy for action so that you can hit the ground running and move forward with your projects.
‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. Streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health.
We can help you start or improve an Open Streets program in your city. Our team brings a unique skill set—we are Open Streets practitioners (we help run the Open Streets program in Toronto) with international know-how. This helps us understand your practical needs and challenges, while also allowing us to step-back and provide guidance based on international best practice. We have helped more than 16 cities start their Open Streets programs across North America.
We will challenge you to set an ambitious long-term vision for your program, with achievable first-year goals. We provide consultation on route planning, stakeholder engagement, logistics, outreach, programming, volunteers’ s coordination and much more. We can help you create the best Open Streets program possible, so that you can begin to change your city’s culture of health.
We love to break the mold. That's why we take on Special Projects-- these are projects that go beyond our other listed services. Our Special Projects can't be defined because each one is new and developed individually with our partners and clients. From new resource platforms and educational tools, to inventive city-wide projects, or the development of new urban products and technologies, we are constantly looking for opportunities to apply our philosophy and expertise in new ways.
Whatever your city building needs, our team can help you navigate the gritty details of project development and implementation, including graphic design, communications, advocacy, evaluation, and much more.
Have an idea or challenge you think we could support? Please get in touch! We would love to support you in creating the next great thing for cities.