Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start an Imagine project?
Do you offer training for people who want to learn to work the way you do?
What programs does Imagine Chicago run in Chicago now?
Does Imagine Chicago need volunteers or interns?
How is Imagine Chicago funded?
Is Bliss Browne available for speaking engagements?
Q: How do I start an Imagine project?
A: There is no “right way” to begin. Gather interested friends and colleagues and explore the idea. Imagine projects have been started all over the world in a variety of ways with a variety of sponsors. They generally begin because a group of people believe things in their community can be better and want to work together to make them so. You can read about how Imagine Chicago got started on this website and read similar stories on the websites of other Imagine projects. Imagine Chicago also provides consulting services to interested communities who want to think through how to begin.
Q: Do you offer training for people who want to learn to work the way you do?
A: Yes, Imagine Chicago began offering masterclasses in 2009, and has been teaching them in Chicago as well as multiple international locations. Beginning in 2012, it will offer masterclasses in the US in Florida and continue its international offerings. Offerings will be posted under Learning Opportunities.
Q: What programs does Imagine Chicago run in Chicago now?
A: Imagine Chicago offers training and mentoring in community engagement and appreciative inquiry, and design consulting and facilitation services to local community projects. It no longer manages its own community based programming but rather serves as a trainer, mentor and design consultant to others who wish to do so. All of the curriculum materials from Imagine Chicago's earlier programs are freely available under Resources or by contacting Imagine Chicago.
Q: Does Imagine Chicago need volunteers or interns?
A: Yes! Imagine Chicago has relied from the beginning on the active contribution of many volunteers and interns. We especially value the engagement of young adults. Go to How You Can Help to learn more.
Q. How is Imagine Chicago funded?
A. Imagine Chicago is a 501©3 non profit organization. We generate income through donations and from revenue from speaking engagements and community training and consultation services.
Q: Is Bliss Browne available for speaking engagements?
A: Yes! She can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.