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GENERATOR’s mission is to help people generate, pursue, connect, and deliver ideas that support the future of cities. We envision a world where everyday people, armed with ideas and ready for action, can create real and lasting change for their communities and for the world.

WHO WE ARE > Generator was founded by Ryan Gravel, the original visionary behind the Atlanta Beltline. Joining Generator as Executive Director is Heather Infantry.

CONTEXT > There is a tsunami of change coming to Atlanta and to cities around the world. The turmoil that we see emerging from these changes includes rapid population growth, demographic shifting and social inequities, wasteful land and energy consumption, rampant environmental degradation, worsening traffic congestion, escalating costs for housing and construction, and a widespread technological revolution. This is generating both a palpable sense of social unrest and a remarkable cultural awakening that channels all that energy from change into new ideas and solutions.

Cities have always reflected the economic, social, and cultural turbulence of the times. And while we may not know exactly what these current changes will mean for our lives, we do know that new ideas are needed to manage the scale and pace of this change. We also know that there are people with great ideas all around us – if only they could be heard.

That is why we’re creating GENERATOR.