Skyscrapers, subways, urban sprawl - the bigger issues changing our cities get a lot of attention. But across the globe every single day, individuals and communities are making their cities better places through smaller scale projects, improving the lives of urban citizens in the process.
We believe these stories are just as important as the bigger urban issues, and we want to ensure there is an online platform dedicated to discovering, sharing and celebrating the innovative citizen-led changes that aren’t getting mainstream media coverage. And we want as many people as possible to hear about these projects.
We’ve got a plan, and we need your help to realize it.
Please, share your coments or ‘applaud’ our entry to the Knight News Challenge here: http://kng.ht/1ibCIjx
The New Book of Questions is a project by Evangelina Guerra Luján which uses questions to challenge our approach to modern urban living. The project is made up of user submitted questions, and has so far had input from people across the globe in a wide range of disciplines. My contribution is above. If you want to submit your question, head here.
That’s right, German speaking followers. We’ve only gone and launched in German! Click the link for our main site, or follow along on Twitter and Facebook. Danke!
It’s been just over 7 weeks since we launched our #urbanism campaign, calling on Tumblr users to tag and reblog the very best content related to urbanism.
So why did we do it?
Over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, this is widely expected to reach 70%. Cities are undergoing unprecedented change and urbanism is one of the most crucial issues of our time. More activity on the #urbanism tag means more eyes on this important issue. And enough activity means #urbanism could reach Featured Tag status, landing in the dashboards of Tumblr users all over the world. Not just the #urbanism geeks.
In the last 7 weeks we’ve been curating the tag ourselves, sharing 50 posts that we think are the best on the #urbanism tag. We’re going to keep doing this, and we’re aiming to make This Big City the best place on Tumblr for urbanism content.
In the meantime, keep using the tag! #urbanism matters!
It’s been three weeks since we launched our campaign to make #urbanism a featured tag so we figured it was time for an update. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:
Nearly 50 awesome tumblogs have formally backed our campaign, including our friends at GOOD and the Atlantic Cities (if you’re an urbanism tumblog and you want to lend your support, drop us an ask!)
Our launch post has picked up over 500 notes, and we’ve been sharing some of the best comments from those who’ve reblogged it. We’ll keep doing that so keep reblogging and commenting!
Featured tags are curated, so we’ve been curating the #urbanism tag ourselves! Check out our first and second effort.
If #urbanism is ever going to reach featured status, we need as much original content as possible shared using the tag. Urbanism is the most pressing issue of our time and deserves mainstream attention. Keep adding the #urbanism tag to all relevant posts you tumble!
Massive thanks to everyone for the support so far!
- Joe and Lucas