The Smartypants Guide to Tonight's Community Idea Lab

Study up for tonight's Community Idea Lab with a collection of articles about Seattle's role in the heated debate on tech and inequality.
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Study up for tonight's Community Idea Lab with a collection of articles about Seattle's role in the heated debate on tech and inequality.

How can we use Seattle's tech boom as an asset to create an equitable and integrated city? Join local news outlet, TechCrunch Founder & CrunchFund general partner Michael Arrington, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber president & CEO Maud Daudon, GeekWire cofounder John Cook, Seattle Office of Policy and Innovation Director Robert Feldstein and others to answer that question as part of Crosscut's first Community Idea Lab.

The Community Idea Lab will feature five rapid fire presentations from community members selected for their innovative and scalable solutions. A panel of expert judges will critique and provide feedback on each idea, and you — the audience — will vote on the winning path forward.

If all goes well, this will be the first of many issues we tackle in the Community Idea Lab: A new kind of action-oriented journalism, the Lab is designed to highlight and elevate great Northwest ideas and work with community leaders in government, business and the non-profit worlds to integrate those ideas into civic planning.

Our goal is to marry journalism and civic change. By inviting and spotlighting ideas we hope to cultivate an ongoing civic brainstorm. And you, Crosscut's audience, are essential to making that work. Join us, tonight, at Town Hall!

Whether or not you attend, here’s a quick guide to keep you well informed on the first-ever Community Idea Lab topic.


Tech & Inequality in San Francisco

How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained), Kim-Mai Cutler, TechCrunch.

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem, Yiren Lu, New York Times.

Change the World: Silicon Valley transfers its slogans – and its money – to the realm of politics, George Packer, The New Yorker.

Who’s responsible for tech industry ethics?, Mary Bruno, Crosscut.


King County's Tech Boom

Can Seattle save itself from a San Francisco-sized tech backlash?, Berit Anderson, Crosscut.

Seattle, the New Center of a Tech Boom, Quentin Hardy, New York Times.

Is the Seattle area’s tech boom really just a bubble?, Drew Atkins, Crosscut.

Puget Sound’s tech economy: Recession-proof?, Chris Devore, Crosscut.

Are we headed down a gentrification gyre?, Drew Atkins, Crosscut.

Is this really the fastest growing city in America?, Mark Hinshaw, Crosscut.



Cities Advance Their Fight Against Rising Inequality, Annie Lowrey, New York Times.

Income inequality in Seattle: It’s not as bad as you might think, Emily Parkhurst, Puget Sound Business Journal.

How pubic-private collaboration built a home for those with mental illness, Judy Lightfoot, Crosscut.

Infographic: Who’s hiring in King County?, Berit Anderson and Kate Harloe, Crosscut.



Why housing costs should scare tech workers too, Ethan Phelps-Goodman, Crosscut.

Why Seattle’s future depends on low-rise, older neighborhoods, Knute Berger, Crosscut.

How the heck did we get here? A history of affordable housing in Seattle, Geoff Spelman, Crosscut.

Housing: Can Seattle get supply and demand right?, Drew Atkins, Crosscut.



Fremont’s gaping question: Can the Center of the Universe hold?, Knute Berger, Crosscut.

Seattle’s tech boom isn’t just for rich kids: 3 programs reinvigorating STEM education, Marissa Luck, Crosscut.

Is the NW a breeding ground for a new kind of capitalism?, Kate Harloe, Crosscut.


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About the Authors & Contributors

Kate Harloe

Kate Harloe

Kate Harloe is Crosscut's Community Manager & Editorial Assistant. After graduating from Hamilton College, Kate completed two seasons of work for the Southwest Conservation Corps before moving to Seattle to pursue her interest in journalism. Her background in writing and community organizing shaped her role at Crosscut as the connector between editorial and development operations. When not obsessing over media, culture, literature, or social justice, Kate can be found frolicking in the outdoors, or sitting round the dinner table of a cooperative community that she founded with the help of seven fellow Seattleites.