Dandelion works with cities to help communities achieve access to opportunities and to activate underutilized assets in neighborhoods. Early on, this was the team that helped Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan get elected in a storied campaign (the campaign brought him to a 2013 primary victory as a write-in candidate). It consists of a tactical team of designers, developers, content creators, project managers and others who wrap their talent around civic projects. They establish trust with limited-budget clients such as non-profits, private foundations, and governments, and leverage that trust to “deploy new ideas” in cities. And they have deployed more than 100 of those projects in the last 5 years. Now they are bringing that experience and those skills to Chicago. Watch Matt Wolf from Dandelion talk in my latest Big Shoulders about place-based projects for economic development and those around creative re-use.

Watch Adam’s chat with Mike live on Advisor.tv.

How can we leverage healthcare to build our local communities? At Rush Medical Center, that’s a priority, not just as an academic hospital, but also as a facility that directly contributes to Chicago’s thriving community. Shelley Stern Grach’s latest Civic Chat — Networking Our Neighborhoods features Darlene Hightower, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement And Practice, Rush Medical […]

Love may be in the air this February, but around Microsoft Chicago, civic tech is in the air every day. Join us at these events around the metro area this month to stay engaged: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Chicago Women Developers Weekly Hack Night 6:00pm 1871 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor, Chicago […]