Our friends over at Ashoka continue to move social enterprise forward by supporting Changemakers globally. Partnering with the government and some other non-profits, they have launched a sustainable housing competition focused on dealing with current and coming urban housing challenges. If one looks at the size of cities such as Mexico City, Karachi, Mumbai, and then considers the continued movement of people to urban areas over the next decades, sustainable housing becomes a clear and present challenge that will deeply influence quality of life (from health and economics to culture and education). From
Ashoka’s Changemakers is looking for innovative solutions that engage communities, entrepreneurs, and key institutions in collaborating to integrate and develop affordable, inclusive, and sustainable urban housing that respects the environment, local cultures, and practices.
This competition is being launched in anticipation of the 2012 Summit of the Americas, and in support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA). It is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, and is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of State, and the American Planning Association.
The competition launches on November 5, 2010. Submit your solutions, or nominate a project, in this competition to collaborate on sustainable urban housing for liveable and inclusive cities.
From November 5 through February 2, 2011, you can nominate or submit a solution for sustainable urban housing.
Here is the contest website.