Thank you all for your involvement in our latest challenge here on GeniUS! York and at our Synergy Surgery event in July and for your support in developing proposals for changing how the city interacts with its inhabitants through the ‘Right to Solve’ initiative.
Ideas and insights from the two day event and the overall discussion online here were used to shape and strengthen the final submission to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge competition in late July. As you may have seen in or heard in the media this week, York were unfortunately not chosen as one of the competition winners. Whilst this is really disappointing after the hard work put into this by a wide variety of people, this does not signal the end to the proposal nor to the ambition to bring it to reality.
The process has greatly sharpened our understanding of the challenge area itself and its possible solutions. Having just been involved in the competition process has also given us unprecedented access to top quality support and advice from Bloomberg Philanthropies and their partners in the Mayors Challenge process. All this stands us in good stead to move on and deliver the project through alternative routes and we are currently reviewing the proposals and planning how we could take it forward in a different way. We are also arranging a feedback session with Bloomberg Philanthropies to understand where they felt the proposal was strong and where it could be improved and this will likely give us further valuable insights into how we could progress it.
You can help with that, and once we have the relevant feedback and some initial ideas we will be in touch again. If you are still interested in being part of the process or being kept informed. Equally if you would rather not be troubled with updates and input then also please tell us.
So the right to solve is still on the cards. We just need to solve the challenge of how we take it forward!