Choose your own version of LA in 2050

If you live here in Los Angeles, chances are the LA 2050 initiative has flooded your Twitter stream. And your Facebook stream. And your inbox stream. And your dinner party stream. 279 projects that aspire to shape the future of LA across eight indicators are competing to win $100,000 from the Goldhirsh Foundation, and until April 17 you can vote for which project you’d like to support.

The great thing about LA 2050 is that there are so many wonderful ideas for Los Angeles, and the worst thing about LA 2050 is that there are so many wonderful ideas for Los Angeles.

So many of my friends have submitted smart projects which I would love to see happen that it would already be difficult for me to make a decision—however, I myself have TWO projects from nonprofits I work with in the running! See how tough this is???

And that brings me to my point. I’m highlighting the two projects I’m affiliated with (in alphabetical order) so you can read them and decide if you’d like to vote for one of them:

design east of La Brea: “Making LA”: An event series and conference where community-focused designers and architects will share how they’re transforming LA
Twitter: @de_LaB

Update: We got an NEA grant for this!

Los Angeles Walks“Hey I’m Walking Here!”: A campaign and series of initiatives celebrating and supporting pedestrians in the City of Los Angeles
Twitter: @LosAngelesWalks

Update: We launched a Kickstarter for this!

Especially if you live outside of LA, your vote will make a big difference because I think getting outsiders to vote on the kind of LA they want to see is just as important as asking us Angelenos. We want to know what you think! And if neither of these projects looks like the kind of LA you’d like to live in (or visit), please visit the LA 2050 site and vote for the project you’d most like to see. There are 277 other ideas!

If you decide to vote, thank you so much for giving a few minutes to shape the future of Los Angeles—something I’m incredibly passionate about, as you know.

A few technical notes…

  • You can vote by clicking the aqua button that says VOTE on the project pages I link to above.
  • To vote, you’ll have to log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create one. It’s free and all you need is an email or Facebook account. You’ll be emailed a link to verify your address and then you’ll need to go back to the page to vote.
  • Once you’ve voted, you’ll see a verification on the top of the page that your vote has been counted.
  • You can only vote once, however, you can change your vote before April 17 if you’ve already voted: simply click vote on the project you want to vote for, and you’ll be asked if you want to change your vote.
  • When you return to the site it will likely log you out so it will look like you haven’t voted yet. This has caused great confusion among people who think you can vote multiple times.
  • This isn’t affiliated with GOOD, as some of you have asked me. The Goldhirsh Foundation is the foundation of Ben Goldhirsh, who is the founder of GOOD, so they’re using GOOD Maker, a voting platform created by GOOD.
  • A project has to make it into the top 10 of its indicator to be considered for a grant.
  • If you’d like to share one of the projects above via Facebook or Twitter I would certainly not be opposed to it!
  • Voting closes April 17 at noon PST. Thank you!
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