Sunday, November 14, 2010

Interesting Webinar Tomorrow on Improving Communities

Webinar: Knight Soul of the Community: Why People Love Where They Live and Why It Matters
A New Approach to Improving Communities
Based on Gallup Research
On November 15, 2010, Gallup and the Knight Foundation will host an event and broadcast it live via a Webcast, to share the results from the Knight Soul of the Community study. The study’s goal is to determine what drives community attachment or emotional connection to a place. Leaders can use this information to improve the vitality of their own communities. The Knight Soul of the Community study represents the result of three years of research and shows fascinating insights into the importance of community attachment and ways to build it.

Speakers include Paula Ellis, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Knight, Jon Clifton, Deputy Director of the Gallup World Poll, and Katherine Loflin, Lead Consultant, Soul of the Community.

Gallup and Knight Foundation invite you to join us as we discuss the community attributes that drive an emotional connection to a place. Media, policymakers and non-profit and community-based organization leaders are encouraged to view this live Webcast.
Live Webcast
The Knight Soul of the Community: Why People Love Where They Live and Why It Matters event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 15, 2010, and will be broadcast live on the Soul of the Community website. There is no cost to attend and no advance registration is needed to view the Webcast. For more information, contact Paul Wiseman at 305.860.1000 x124.


  1. Josh,

    What did you think of the results? It's a sobering, not too surprising view that unfortunately supports most of the stereotypes about our city (relatively weak social scene for recent college grads, good for families). Cheer me up with your positive energy.

  2. I'm definitely still optimistic! =) I really think Downtown just hit an inflection point and 2011 is going to be a very interesting year regardless of how the economy plays out. Even what may seem minor like the flower pots and LED lights Groundworks is putting up, definitely changes perception... and aesthetics was found to be a key factor in the study (I'm positive it was one of the many factors why SR became so popular). In fact, I'm not even going into more detail with this because I'm 100% sure DT is going to become the place to be within 5 years. I knew right away SR would become a huge hit and invested everything I had into Federal Realty (the builder). I'm basically taking the 500% return off that investment and reinvesting it DT... that's how optimistic I am about the direction of DTSJ.

    As for other parts of San Jose, the Alameda is making huge strides, Alviso could become a marina in the next decade, Willow Glen is still holding strong, First St. is destined to become a secondary downtown, Midtown is getting it's first mixed use highrise, Japantown will likely get new development soon, East SJ is getting one of the largest Vietnamese-oriented development projects ever... there's a lot going on! The social scene and family environment can coexist. If there is any place on earth where diverse cultures can successfully coexist... it's here.