What are the top 3 issues we should address in the Twin Cities?
I am co-leading an effort in the Twin Cities called Design for Good, on behalf of the Minnesota Chapter of AIGA. We are in the nascent stages of developing an initiative(s) that combines the talents of graphic designers and design thinking with social impact. So, at the Art of Hosting event in April, I posed this question: What are the top 3 issues we should address in the Twin Cities?
While the conversation began with a broad range of topics (institutional racism, marriage inequality, youth homelessness, economic injustice), as people listened to each other, a consensus developed around one single question; what do we hope the future looks like? And as we discussed this, we decided that unequal educational opportunity, which fosters a disturbing education gap between white children and children of color, is an issue that will have a profound impact on our future.
-What causes the education gap?
-How do taxes and how we choose to spend those taxes reflect our values?
-Do we value our children?
-Do we value diverse communities, and good education for all Minnesotans?
-How can individuals have an impact on the education gap?
-What systemic changes are needed?
In addition to this issue, what other issues would you like to see addressed?
I am interested to hear your thoughts.