By Michele Tucker:
Quick show of hands: how many of you have had an idea that you feel would help take Buffalo to the next level? We have, too – and we want your ideas!
Buffalo always seems to be right on the cusp of a renaissance. We love this city, with its good neighbors, rich history, and beautiful architecture. Buffalo inspires us and captures our imaginations. And let’s be honest: there is no shortage of ideas here. What seems to be lacking is action – the action needed to turn these ideas into reality. So let’s start by collecting and publishing all these ideas. That’s the idea behind a new book planned: 101 Illuminating Ideas for the City of Light: How We Can Rebuild Buffalo.
Submit your great idea at www.illuminatingideas.org or via our Facebook page. Feel free to submit text (2-3 pages or less) and/or video. You can also come down to the Rendezvous Room at Statler City this Thursday (Jan 26) at 6:00pm and hand-deliver your great ideas during the Launch of Citybration 2012.
Come one, come all! There will be food, music, a raffle and lots of ways to get engaged in the Queen City.
Where did the 101 Illuminating Ideas for the City of Light book concept come from? Local author and community advocate Sergio Rodriguez conceived the idea for this book through his passionate belief that Buffalo is the next comeback city. The book will include 101 ideas to revitalize Buffalo, from the region’s most creative minds, reflecting a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The project seeks to create momentum and provide a platform for launching the ideas from concept to reality. Proceeds from the book’s sale will be reinvested to help bring to fruition the ideas it contains.
Sergio isn’t alone in his quest to rebuild Buffalo; he’s created and tapped into the talents of a local task force dedicated to the successful realization of the project. A number of submissions have already been received. Well-known local artist Michael Gelen has already designed the cover art. Buffalo Heritage Press plans to get the book off the press and in downloadable ebook form in time for Citybration 2012 (June 21-24), to allow the book launch to take part in the excitement that always surrounds this celebration of our city.
101 Illuminating Ideas for the City of Light taps in to the excitement that simmers just beneath the surface for so many of us. Sergio and his task force are asking for your dreams, plans, and what-ifs for the City of Buffalo. Maybe you’re one of the dreamers; maybe you’re already working on implementing a great idea. Why not take a chance and share yours?
To share your illuminating idea and learn more about the project, go here: