Complex challenges demand comprehensive solutions. Thriving Cities Group applies civic design, a human-centered, multi-disciplinary approach that engages thought leadership, community engagement, data, technology, and research to tackle 3 fundamental challenges facing cities today. Each of our proprietary approaches corresponds to a key challenge, or problem, that we pose as a core question:
The cities we know today were built to meet the needs of an industrial age. They are designed, like machines, to reward economic efficiency and specialization. But that assembly-line ethos has also created silos of activity that artificially divide and dissect city life.
Over the past 50 years America has seen a steady and alarming decline in civil society and civic engagement. Today, less than 15% of urban residents vote in local elections and more than 33% of Americans confess to having never met their neighbors.
"Treat others how you want to be treated” is the golden rule cities are wise to follow. Unfortunately, too often, cities misapply this truth and instead function with the understanding that “whoever has the gold makes the rules.”