Now here’s an example of using the might of a corporate behemoth for good. The Ben Franklin Coffeehouse Challenge calls on community members to get together and brainstorm ideas for neighborhood improvements. At Starbucks.
Anyone can volunteer to organize the initial discussion. Those who feel inspired and committed will continue to have regular forums – coffeehouse style – to develop their proposals. With support from Starbucks and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentary, the brightest ideas will be granted funds to realize their vision.
The genius behind this endeavor can be traced back to Nicola Twilley, a member of the intrepid BLDGBLOG team. If you’ve been tossing around an idea for infusing some new juice into your community, now’s your chance to make it happen.