Good Work Group working on a storytelling campaign that will highlight at least 12 Twin Cities innovators in the areas of sustainability, food, arts, community engagement, and social good.

Do you know someone who is changing the way we think or live? Someone who is thinking about the…



Dear friends of Good Work Group,

Happy summer!

We hope your tomatoes vines are smiling at these warmer days!

Here at Good Work Group, we’ve had an exciting summer so far, growing and supporting our network of inspiring business leaders, idea makers, “do gooders,” and social…




Joan Vorderbruggen

Whittier Artists in Storefronts: Call for artists, collaborators, and participants

Whittier Artists in Storefronts launches second exhibit beginning July 21 and running through…


We’re incredibly excited to be working with Artists in Storefronts on this community-building project that will showcase some of the Twin Cities’ most innovative artists and ideas. 

Whittier Artists in Storefronts asks: What if vacant buildings and facades became exhibition spaces for public art? What if the public could engage with art in new ways? What if blighted neighborhoods became destination spaces?

This is a first-of-its-kind project in the Twin Cities. 

Check it out! 


Artists in Storefronts project turns blighted streets and storefronts into spaces for public art

More than 20 artists will use Whittier storefronts, sidewalks, building facades, and more to create interactive, walkable exhibits open to everyone

April 5, 2012 (Minneapolis)—Murals. Yarn bombs. Photography. Sculpture. Library stands. Video projects….Artworks of all kinds will be on display beginning Friday, April 27, in vacant or underused storefronts and on street corners and building facades along the Eat Street commercial corridor, thanks to the efforts of a pilot project by Artists in Storefronts. 

The brainchild of writer, artist, and award-winning storefront designer Joan Vorderbruggen, the Artists in Storefronts project works with neighborhood organizations, artists, and local businesses in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art.

The recession and foreclosure crisis have not only created abandoned homes throughout the Twin Cities, but left neighborhoods dotted with empty, beleaguered buildings. Vorderbruggen sees public art as an opportunity to revitalize these neighborhoods and engage the community in new ways. 

“I was really inspired by Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue project last year,” says Vorderbruggen. “And I started imagining an entire city block in a declining business area as this urban walking gallery, something everyone could participate in that would also help the community. And I thought, why not start it here in Whittier, in my own backyard?”

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New project aims to make sustainable food more accessible in the Twin Cities

Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers are building urban gardens and promoting hands-on agricultural education in an ongoing effort to bring sustainable food to low-income homeowners and vulnerable neighbors


I’ll be there Friday! Stop in to say “hello”! 


This & Every Friday!

To celebrate our new home in the Robert’s Shoes building at Lake & Chicago, we’re hosting a weekly happy hour on Fridays from 3 to 6pm. Stop by anytime for a cup of coffee, tea, wine or beer. Learn what we’ve been up to, relax, brainstorm or share your…



A couple of months ago we posted about a super-exciting project, A Public Thing, an open space for public conversations in-person, in print, and online. It’s on ongoing community-engagement and publication project Good Work Group is helping to organize with the folks at Works…

A PUBLIC THING needs your vote!


We’re a little late on this, but we just yesterday discovered via Twitter RovernightNetwork, an online community of dog owners willing to watch one another’s pets during overnight trips.

RovernightNetwork has communities in Chicago and here in the Twin Cities. From their website:


We’re excited about lots of new changes in 2012: We’re working on a new web site for Good Work Group; starting our Good Workshops for small businesses and organizations; meeting with fantastic new clients about proposals and ideas for content strategy, social engagement, and outreach;…


At Good Work Group, we believe the Twin Cities are bursting with smart, passionate people who can learn a lot from one another. Just today, for example, while we were hanging out at Peace Coffee chatting with our clients E-Democracy, we met a web/app developer focused on community…