October 9, 2017 - CHICAGO, IL - Greater Good Studio, a social impact design firm headquartered in Chicago, announced today that Pillsbury United Communities will participate in Raising Places, an innovative project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Raising Places is designed to engage residents and local leaders in creating healthy, “child-centered” communities through a nine-month interactive process that includes a series of learning labs.  

“With over 150 applicants from across the country, our review panel had to make some tough decisions,” said Sara Cantor Aye, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Greater Good Studio. “Pillsbury United Communities demonstrated a deep commitment to resident engagement, including children and families, and embodied the balance between honoring the past and being open to innovative new approaches. Each grant recipient represents a diverse range of place types, regions of the country, population demographics, assets and challenges. From this, we expect to derive key lessons applicable to many other communities.”

In addition to a $60,000 grant from RWJF, Pillsbury United Communities will receive technical assistance from Greater Good Studio, which will facilitate a series of workshops over nine months with teams comprised of participants from across different sectors to generate ideas and build relationships among residents and other community stakeholders. By engaging those same stakeholders in a collaborative process of brainstorming and prototyping, each team will develop and test a multitude of solutions and ideas designed to address  specific community objectives.

“We believe the Plymouth Avenue Corridor is an important crossroads for our community and a place to amplify the assets that exist here,” stated Adair Mosley, Interim CEO, Pillsbury United Communities. “By participating in Raising Places, together we hope to unleash the power of people and place that will fuel creativity and sustainability in our community.”


Raising Places will culminate in a national convening in April 2018. Follow the progress of each recipient community at www.raisingplaces.org/subscribe or on Twitter at @RaisingPlaces.

About Greater Good Studio

Greater Good Studio uses human-centered design to improve the quality of life for all people. Our work helps mission-driven clients and communities build the capacity to solve old problems in new ways. For more information, visit www.greatergoodstudio.com.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.



Barbra Watson