THE GREATER TOGETHER CHALLENGE EVENT
Monday, Oct 13, 7PM at Turner Hall
FREE event featuring live music by Brothers By Choice

What is the Greater Together Challenge?
The Greater Together Challenge was an open contest of ideas and part of a larger, fiercely non-partisan campaign to raise awareness related to Milwaukee’s legacy of segregation and racial and economic inequality. It was a solution-driven initiative that seeks to put these issues at the center of public dialogue in Milwaukee.

Fifteen finalists were chosen and paired with a professional creative team, and a spokesperson to present at the Greater Together Challenge Event at Turner Hall Ballroom on Oct. 13, 2014 at 7PM. At the event, the 15 finalists will present their ideas to be judged by the audience.

The sponsor of the winning submission will receive a $5,000.00 cash prize and move to the next phase of implementation. The Greater Together Coalition will facilitate funding and implementation for the best ideas.

What will the Greater Together Challenge evening event be like?
The Challenge Presentation on Oct. 13, 2014 promises to be an exhilarating evening. The 15 finalists will have four minutes each to share an idea with the audience, civic leaders, advocates and experts. After the presentations, there will be a celebration with music and an opportunity to share your ideas with your new friends.

DETAILS:
When does everything happen?

  • ZEIDLER
    COMMUNITY
    DIALOGUE

    JULY 15 – SEPTEMBER 3
  • SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE
    SEPTEMBER 12
  • FINALISTS SELECTED
    SEPTEMBER 19
  • ZEIDLER CITY-WIDE
    DIALOGUE ON SEGREGATION

    OCTOBER 5
  • GREATER TOGETHER CHALLENGE
    TURNER HALL BALLROOM
    1032 N 4th St, Milwaukee, WI
    OCTOBER 13
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED
    OCTOBER 14

How will the winner be selected from the 15 finalists?
The audience which will include; civic leaders, community organizers, advocates, residents and experts will vote for their favorite presentation, which will be announced publicly the following day, Oct. 14, 2014.

How will the ideas by judged?
In both phases of judging, ideas will be selected based on five criteria:

1) Is the idea clear and understandable?
(1-10) (confusing – crystal clear)

2) What is the strength of the idea?
(1-10) (little impact – high impact)

3) Is it feasible?
(1-10) (not feasible – very feasible)

4) Is the person or group pitching the idea able to play a role in driving for implementation?
(1-10) (lacks commitment – highly committed)

5) Can the idea gain public support?
(1-10) (unlikely – very likely)

Is there a prize for the winning submission?
The winner will be given a grant of $5,000 to compensate for their involvement. The coalition is actively pursuing funding for implementation of the winning submission.

What happens next?
A Greater Together Foundation will be created to sustain focus on the key social justice issues and to raise funds for as many of the winning ideas that require support, financially and otherwise, as possible.

How will you build awareness?
The Greater Together Coalition represents a constituency of more than 250,000 members. The campaign will leverage the social media power of the coalition as well as a wide range of digital and traditional media. The hub of the effort is the GreaterTogether.me website where supporters can learn more about the issues and download shareable graphics.

The Greater Together Coalition
The coalition includes organizations with a membership exceeding 250,000, led by AIGA Wisconsin: 9-5 Wisconsin, ACLU of Wisconsin, C2, City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission, Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground, Community First, Inc., Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee, Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Milwaukee’s United AdWorkers, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, Mount Mary University, NAACP – Milwaukee Branch, Parents for Public Schools, Pilgrim UCC, Portrait Gallery Society, Public Allies Milwaukee, Repairers of the Breach, Schools and Communities United, TRUE Skool, Inc. Urban Roots Inc., Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Wisconsin Voices, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Youth Empowered in the Struggle (Y.E.S), YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, Centro Hispano, Coalition for Children, Youth and Families End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, Friends of Lakeshore State Park, Organic Arts, The League of Young Voters, Victory Gardens Initiative, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Healthy Words Global Initiative, Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. In addition there are scores of private businesses contributing, including: Hanson Dodge Creative, GS Design, Kane Communications Group, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Arts@Large, Maldonado & Morgan, BMA Milwaukee, and Hub+company to name a few.

How will the initiative be funded?
The coalition is actively pursuing sponsors. Fundraising has been organized in two phases.

Phase 1
The first phase of funding will focus on supporting the awareness campaign and producing the Challenge Event. This phase will be primarily funded through corporations, foundations and media sponsorships.

Phase 2
The second phase of the funding effort will focus on supporting the implementation of the winning ideas. This phase will be accomplished through a combination of crowdsourcing and grants from corporations, individuals and foundations.

Why AIGA?
This year marks the 100th anniversary of AIGA. Its mission is to connect designers to each other and the broader world. The board of directors, under the direction of their 100th Anniversary Liaison Chairman, Ken Hanson, chose to address Milwaukee’s social justice challenges as a way to honor the last 100 years of AIGA by exploring the power of design to clarify issues, galvanize the community and inspire a stronger future.

For more information:

Kimberly Kane
President of Kane Communications Group
kimberly@kanecommgroup.com
414.202.5762 

Chris Klein
President of AIGA Wisconsin
president@wisconsin.aiga.org
262.271.2004

Ken Hanson
AIGA Liaison President and CEO of Hanson Dodge Creative
Chairman of Greater Together
khanson@hansondodge.com
414.899.7743

Jeremy Fojut
NEWaukee
Greater Together Event and Fundraising Chairman
jeremy@newaukee.com
414.732.0998

Erica Conway
C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions
Fundraising Support – Creative Community Relations
erica@C2gps.com
414.788.2045