Building Child-Centered Communities

Raising Places, inspired by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health, engages diverse partners to catalyze local momentum in building healthier communities where all children and their families can thrive.

Facilitated by Greater Good Studio, Raising Places uses a labs-based approach to help communities go beyond business as usual—moving beyond diagnosing problems to developing actionable solutions to pressing local challenges.

When we design communities for children, we design for everyone.

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Why This Work Matters

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We believe that all children deserve to grow up in places that support a lifetime of health and well-being. Yet many of the nation’s children live in communities where they and their families face significant obstacles—unsafe housing, lack of green space, poor air and water quality, inadequate transportation, limited job opportunities and violence. These community conditions can undermine families’ abilities to create stable, enriching environments for their children.

We also believe that creating meaningful change takes unprecedented collaboration and innovation. That’s where Raising Places comes in. This new project creates lab environments for local leaders to bring their diverse perspectives together and build on existing assets in their community to create supportive environments for children.

What We're Up To

Want to design your community to be a place for raising healthy children? Join the conversation on our social media channels and note key dates, as we will share lessons we learn together along the way!


  • Optional Webinar
  • March 20, 2017, 4:15pm ET
  • All communities that wish to be considered for Raising Places must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) in order to receive a full application.
  • Letter of Intent
  • Due Friday, March 31, 2017, 3:00 pm ET
  • All communities that wish to be considered for Raising Places must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) in order to receive a full application.
  • Full Application
  • Released April 3, 2017
  • Due Friday, May 5, 2017, 3:00 pm ET
  • All communities that submit an LOI will receive access to the Raising Places application.
  • Optional Webinar
  • April 17, 2017, 4:15pm ET
  • Attendance is limited to communities that have submitted an LOI (see deadline above). Webinar registration details will be shared in April.
  • Site Visits
  • Conducted June 19 - July 7, 2017
  • Selected applicants will be invited to host a site visit with members of the Raising Places review committee.
  • Communities Announced
  • Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Greater Good Studio will begin facilitating lab sessions with local teams on a rolling schedule.


  • Kick-off Labs
  • Early Fall 2017
  • Through this lab session, local teams will deepen relationships, frame topics and form small groups to plan community research into local challenges.
  • Ideation Labs
  • Late Fall 2017
  • Local teams will gather findings from their small groups, and prioritize ideas and opportunities for more exploration through prototyping in the community.
  • Action Labs
  • Winter 2018
  • Local teams will incorporate what they learn and define actionable solutions. We’ll host community events to share progress and build support for advancing solutions.
  • National Convening
  • Spring 2018
  • We’ll mobilize delegates from local teams and other respected thought leaders to begin exploring partnerships that can help sustain the momentum built in Raising Places communities.

Greater Good Studio is a design firm focused on social impact. Founded in 2011, our mission is to use the process and principles of human-centered design to improve quality of life for all people. Our work helps clients and communities build the capacity to solve old problems in new ways.

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