City Indicators Challenge

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The City Indicator Challenge asks participants: What do millennials want in a city?

On Fridays, CSEI participants reconvene on Collegiate’s campus to review their four-day work week, the current status of their Design Thinking Challenge and to participate in the The City Indicator Challenge.

The Challenge leverages resources from the Richmond Indicators Project, an effort to measure progress on economic and social goals related to the Richmond region’s priorities. The CSEI participants work in teams to make fictional planning decisions designed to attract millennials to their assigned city – Austin, TX; Hartford, CT; Jacksonville, FL; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Raleigh, NC; or Richmond, VA.

The goal of the challenge is to move one or more indicators in a positive direction to increase the odds of attracting more millennials to each city. The challenge is a success if ALL cities are incrementally better by being a member of this collection of cites. Research shows that, among developed countries, the healthiest and happiest aren’t those with the highest incomes but those with the most equality. Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson discusses why.