Creative Innovation Zone
Read how the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville, Ky., is using artists as civic innovators to support a sustainable future.
Creating Opportunity Pathways for Asset Development: The Role of Participatory Problem Solving in the Mississippi Delta
Learn about the New Pathways to Health Initiative, a collaborative venture in the Mississippi Delta for young people interested in pursuing health care careers.
Thrivers and Strugglers: A Growing Economic Divide
Ray Boshara, director of the Center for Household Financial Stability at the St. Louis Fed, discusses research from the center suggesting that age/birth year, education and race/ethnicity increasingly matter for building wealth and financial security.
Cross-Currents: Powering Creative Readiness
Janet Kagan discusses how neglected neighborhoods and underserved rural towns can use creative thinkers to help keep communities alive by trusting nonlinear thinking and tolerating risk. Art-Force is a model for this type of economic revitalization.
From Dr. King to the Community Reinvestment Act: How His Dream Marches On
In Martin Luther King's speech titled ?I?ve Been to the Mountaintop,? he stressed the importance of intentional social action on behalf of the economically disenfranchised and closed his speech by imploring the audience to continue fighting, even after he passed away.
An Economy of Neighborliness in the Missouri Ozarks
What is an equitable economy? How do you engage the underserved in the process of sustaining localized economies, especially in isolated spaces? How can underrepresented communities be the writers of their own collective and individual futures? These were some of the questions I set out to answer when I began organizing artists and food producers in Oregon County, Mo., in 2011.
Bioscience as a Foundation for Transforming St. Louis
The St. Louis community has made significant strides in establishing the infrastructure to commercialize bioscience innovation and capture the economic benefit. The long-term vision of BioSTL, a nonprofit organization, is to transform St. Louis, but not just in the biosciences.
How the Shrinking of the Labor Force Might Impact Your Community
Entrepreneurship and Re-entry: Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative
This training program aimed at formerly incarcerated individuals focuses on getting participants business-ready quickly so they can launch and innovate as they go.
Building Creative Communities
Colquitt, Ga., has used cultural tourism to bring itself and its autobiographical play, ?Swamp Gravy,? to life, becoming a national and international model of rural and economic development.