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 7.

Where do the ideas come from?

Greater Together is partnering with The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion to organize small group community forums across greater Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and sectors (i.e. nurses, police, students etc.) to meet throughout the summer. Each group will be facilitated by the 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

Who can enter the Greater Together Challenge?

The Challenge is radically open. Absolutely anyone can submit an idea for generating greater equity in our region. The hope is to engage the public at large as well as students, organizations, researchers, businesses, churches, schools, universities and civic leaders.

How do I enter?

Submit your idea via a simple online entry form by September 7.

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 invited to present their idea publicly at the Greater Together Challenge on October 7.

What will the Greater Together Challenge on October 7 be like?

The event will be free and offer two ways to participate:

  • The Zeidler Session: A luncheon and dialogue session beginning at noon
  • The Challenge Presentation: An exciting evening beginning at 7pm followed by a celebration

What will the Zeidler Luncheon Forum be like?

After a shared lunch, the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion will share a report from the Zeidler Community Forums held over the summer, and then facilitate a citywide dialogue on segregation in greater Milwaukee. Participants will be led in 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 their neighborhoods and fields to encourage the sharing of diverse perspectives, and to create new relationships and networks. This session will be captured on video and the highlights shared on this website.

What will the Greater Together Challenge evening event be like?

The Challenge on October 7 promises to be an exhilarating evening featuring 10 finalists and special guests. The 10 finalists will have 6 minutes each to share an idea with the audience, civic leaders, advocates and experts. To prepare for the event, each finalist will be paired with a design team to help make the presentation clear, compelling and informative. Each finalist will also receive a small stipend to help defray the costs of preparing a presentation. After the presentations, there will be a celebration with music and an opportunity to share your ideas with new friends.

Where will the Greater Together Challenge take place?

We’re working on that and will announce a site soon.

How will the winner be selected from the 10 finalists.

The judging of the 10 finalists will take place as part of the The Greater Together Challenge Event on October 7. The audience will vote and a panel of civic leaders, community organizers, advocates, residents and experts will make the final decision, which will be announced publicly the following day, October 8.

Is there a prize for the winning presentation?

The winner will be given a grant of $5,000 to aid the implementation of the winning idea — possibly more.

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 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)


This year marks the 100th anniversary of AIGA. It’s mission is to connect designers to each other and the broader world. The board of directors, under the direction of its 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.

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 this website where supporters can learn more about the issues and download shareable graphics.

How will the initiative be funded?

Fund-raising will be 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 crowd-sourcing and grants from corporations, individuals and foundations.