The challenge states "We are looking for ideas to make walking, biking, and busing more accessible and enjoyable options for getting around Grand Rapids" and when reading the comments and thoughts of those posting in the community, there seemed to be a theme that stood out. Our community wants more bus stops, and they want them to be aesthetically pleasing.
I think Grand Rapids is a fantastic community. I believe we have creative and hardworking residents that love a challenge and I believe our businesses love to support our community.
So let's create BusPrize.
- Create a competition that pairs Artists/Builders with Businesses to use upcycled/recycled materials to build Bus Shelters for our community.
- Artists/ Builders would partner with Local Business such as Amway, Grand Rapids Press, Steelcase, Lacks, Grand Valley University, Founders, or WoodTV. The possibilities are endless.
- Businesses and Artists/ Builders would agree on a charity(hopefully local) to support and identify the 'why' they support that cause. Donations are suggested to be between 2500 and 5000 dollars. (Gildas Club, VanAndal Institute, The Geek Group, etc.)
- Charities would be notified of the potential donation and asked to help promote. 'Vote for us campaigns - tied to each bus stop'.
- The team would work with the city planners for placement of shelters and design specs.
- The Business would donate materials(the hope is to recycle or upcycle materials), and the Artist would build shelters.
- The Shelters would be featured on a voting website where the public could see the shelter, and the charity they are representing along with the 'why'.
- A party would be held to reveal each teams charity and checks would be handed out. Additionally, this competition would donate the prize money to the top 3 winners. 16,000 Dollars. 10,5,1 thousand dollar 1st,2nd, 3rd place prizes.
- The Rapids could be asked to match this allowing for 6 additional prizes, totaling 12.
This helps solve the problem by involving the community in the solution and strengthens our community through the support of local charities.