Fact Card: Change by Us (NYC)

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What? Started in the summer of 2011, Change by Us is a developed version of Give a Minute, featured in our previous Fact Card. Change by Us is an online bulletin board for New Yorkers to publish their ideas on how to turn the city more greener and turn them into action by creating projects and building teams.

How does it work?

  • Citizens submit ideas which then get registered on a billboard graphic appearing on the website.
  • Based on ideas submitted to the platform, the service then connects visitors, and invites them into project groups. Project groups have their own project page with more information, upcoming events, feedback, etc. Projects can also form connections to existing city resources and community organizations.
  • In July 2011 City of New York invited volunteer-led community groups to apply for a Change by Us NYC grant to fund ongoing projects.

Who’s involved?
Citizens, City of New York officials. The service was created by Local Projects together with CEOs for Cities and it received funding from the Rockefeller and Knight foundations.

Active. Change by Us is also running in Philadelphia.


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