To make the most of New York City’s most spectacular wealth: creative and ambitious innovators many of whom were born here, and many of whom have come here from all over the world to make their mark.

The G.I.G.  is designed to provide exactly the kind of open platform that these different scales of creative and engaged collaboration need to fulfill their promise, and meet the needs of coming generations of innovators and citizens of the New Soft City, a super-dynamic hybrid of high-quality physical and digital environments, in one of the world’s most prominent magnets for the necessary expertise, and most powerful disseminators of new ideas and knowledge, New York City.

We recognize, though, that even a city like New York is ultimately not a world unto itself, and that many of our collaborators will be working in other centers at any given time. G.I.G. will therefore be built, and driven, to opoerate as one node in the developing global network of centers of innovation: the Cisco Open Innvoation Centers, as well as research and design groups from Shanghai to Stockholm, and from Toronto to Capetown. As we work together within the network, we will also build new tools and practices beyond today’s virtual worlds and organizations.

G.I.G. is an innovation, but it’s no “shot in the dark”. Inspired by the foundational visions of Ada Lovelace, David Gelernter, Linus Torvalds, Alan Kay, and Douglas Engelbart (not to mention the practical impact of their particular inventions), our plans are also grounded in the expertise and lived experience of  the work of Max Matthews, Jane Jacobs, Grahame Weinbren, and Ove Arup.

G.I.G. will bring together, supoort, and disseminate the work of some of the next generation of world-leading integrative and creative R & D projects. The program format will be specifically project-based, but flexible: terms oif engagement between participants and member organizations/sponsored will be negotiated on a per-project basis, as needs and potential for distribution require; team organization will be set up according to the needs of each project group, optimized in realtion to technology requirements and logistical constraints; we will help teams fill in gaps in their expertise, and self-organize as they work; proposals for new projects may orginate in-house, by open call, or on the initiative of partners or third-party sponsors.