Crosscut.com is launching its first-ever Community Idea Lab, a project that focuses on a new way of doing journalism through community problem solving. The first thing it's tackling? The San Francisco tech boom and the polarization it has created between the tech and social services communities. In the June issue of Seattle magazine, in collaboration with Crosscut.com, writer Drew Atkins wrote about the thriving tech scene here in our city and questioned whether those same forces that affected San Francisco could tear apart Seattle's strong community fabric.
Now, Crosscut wants you to weigh in. The news organization is holding a contest to uncover the best ideas and answers to this question:
How can the Seattle area use its tech boom to create a more equitable and engaged community?
Five semi-finalists will be selected to give a five-minute talk about their idea at the first ever Crosscut Community Idea Lab event, June 18 at Town Hall Seattle. Finalists will get feedback from a panel of judges, including Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and CrunchFund general partner, Maud Daudon, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, and Geekwire co-founder John Cook. Then the audience will vote on the winner.
All of the semi-finalists will be featured on Crosscut's website. The winner will recieve ample resources to make his or her idea happen, including meetings with local elected officials and business leaders, and a six-month membership at Impact Hub Seattle. And, by the way, if the thought of voicing your master plan in public makes you nauseous, don’t worry: Crosscut will provide coaching and support for all of Idea Lab speakers.