The Greater Together Challenge will be an open contest of ideas. We are inviting individuals and groups to share concrete ideas, large and small, designed to dismantle segregation and racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee. The deadline to submit solutions-based proposals is September 12.

What is the Greater Together Challenge?
The Greater Together Challenge is 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 is a solution-driven initiative that seeks to put these issues at the center of public dialogue in Milwaukee.

The deadline for submissions is Sept.12, 2014.

Ten finalists will be chosen and paired with a professional creative team, and a spokesperson if you’d like, to present at the Greater Together Challenge Event at Turner Hall Ballroom on Oct. 13, 2014 at 7PM. At the event, the 10 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 10 finalists will have six 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.

Who can enter the Greater Together Challenge?
The Challenge is entirely open. There are no ideas too big, small or costly. Absolutely anyone can submit an idea. The plan is to engage the public at large – students, organizations, researchers, businesses, churches, schools, universities and civic leaders, to submit ideas that will affect policy change, promote strategic alliances and create awareness.

How do I enter?
Submit your idea via a simple online entry form at by Sept. 12, 2014. The event will be free.

Where do the ideas come from?
Greater Together is partnering with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion to organize small group community dialogues across greater Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and sectors (e.g., nurses, police, students, etc.) to meet throughout the summer. Each group will be facilitated by a professionally trained facilitator to discuss segregation in Milwaukee, brainstorm ideas and, if desired, shape a proposal for the Challenge.

For more information and to register yourself or your group for a dialogue, please visit

Additional opportunity for meaningful dialogue
The dialogue sessions will culminate in a Zeidler City-wide Dialogue on segregation and a presentation of the Zeidler Report on session findings on Oct. 5, 2014.

Participants will be led in facilitated small groups to discuss their stories, personal experiences and ideas on building a thriving community with participants from across Milwaukee. Each participant will be grouped with individuals outside his or her neighborhood and field to encourage the sharing of diverse perspectives, and create new relationships and networks.
When does everything happen?

    a film by Robert Townsend – OCTOBER 3 – 7PM
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    TURNER HALL BALLROOM1032 N 4th St, Milwaukee, WI – OCTOBER 13

How many finalists will be chosen?
From the ideas submitted, a panel of advocates, scholars, civic leaders and other representatives from the Greater Together Coalition will select 10 great ideas. The 10 finalists will be paired with a professional creative team, and a spokesperson if you’d like, to create a compelling presentation and share their idea publicly at the Greater Together Challenge on Oct. 13, 2014.

How will the winner be selected from the 10 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 website where supporters can learn more about the issues and download shareable graphics.

The Greater Together Coalition
It is the work of a growing volunteer coalition led by AIGA Wisconsin, with support from NEWaukee, which includes: 9-5 Wisconsin, ACLU of Wisconsin, C2, City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission, Healthy Words Global Initiative, 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 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.

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.

Is the Greater Together campaign based on sound ideas?
The Greater Together campaign is an unprecedented collaboration between advocates that represent generations worth of expertise and the region’s creative class. It is also a perspective rooted in research. The Greater Together Challenge will be bolstered by the release of a major research report by Marc Levine in mid-summer. Marc, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development is dedicated and highly respected researcher who has focused on Milwaukee’s urban issues.

In addition, the Zeidler sessions offer a sound method for engaging the public in civil dialogue on segregation and social inequality. The dialogue method used by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion brings community participants of varied backgrounds together for the kind of conversation that shifts relationships from ones of potential mistrust, defense and withdrawal to those of curiosity, connection and compassionate understanding of differences. This method has proven a successful tool to help communities and organizations address their most challenging and polarizing issues.

For more information:

Kimberly Kane
President of Kane Communications Group

Chris Klein
President of AIGA Wisconsin

Ken Hanson
AIGA Liaison President and CEO of Hanson Dodge Creative
Chairman of Greater Together

Jeremy Fojut
Greater Together Event and Fundraising Chairman

Erica Conway
C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions
Fundraising Support – Creative Community Relations