From time to time we have the opportunity to feature interviews or writings from some of our peer public life champions. You can find those features below.

December 6, 2016

Measure Public Life: Frenchtown

Better Block teams have been launching creative block projects in mid-sized cities across the United States, garnering well-attended events and even capital investments in the places they’ve worked. However, the social impact of their work has been more difficult to quantify.

November 29, 2016

Why we count

By measuring public life – how people interact in space – those who are shaping the way cities are made can create spaces that are more inclusive, healthy, and thriving.

July 29, 2016

From Contact Theory to Coexisting

Knowledge about financial well-being and economic opportunity are vital to interpreting national trends and voting patterns, but exposure to difference – while potentially more challenging to quantify on the same scale – may also help to analyze political outcomes.

July 19, 2016

Diving In

I started at Gehl Institute during one of the most divisively violent weeks in recent history in the United States.

July 5, 2016

Exposure, Exposure, Exposure

By Camilla Siggaard-Andersen

Research in anthropology, psychology and sociology has proven that a high degree of social mixing fosters understanding, tolerance and respect between people – traits that are invaluable in cities, where people will inevitably represent a broad spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic and demographic backgrounds. Therefore, a key obligation of the city is to create a framework for bringing together all kinds citizens in any part of town.

June 30, 2016

Building a Culture of Health

By Kate DeSantis

There is a shift happening in the world of public health that is expanding the focus from prevention and care to a more holistic view that includes understanding the conditions of people’s daily experience.