Openhill

Openhill.com logoIn January 2009, under the auspices of the Community Building Initiative, Green Street Project incubated and helped launch Openhill.com as a socially-responsible company that will empower users to create and manage their own websites, in addition to giving users the ability to make their voices heard through a variety of media tools.  Green Street Project encouraged the formation of this company to fulfill the communication needs articulated by grassroots and civic leaders alike during town-hall-style meeings at Chicago City Hall.

In keeping with its roots as a community-sponsored project, Openhill issued 20% of its founding stock to Green Street Project.

In October 2009, Green Street Project solidified a pledge from Openhill to give $1 million worth of web services and tools.  Green Street Project will help Openhill decide how to give away such a signifigant amount of value:

  • In August 2009, Green Street Project arranged for Openhill to gift $25,000 of website services to the Chicago Public Schools in support of its community engagement strategies. 

ChicagoTechExpo

  • Green Street Project arranged for Openhill to debut its beta service with the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection as the Premier Partner of its October 2009 ChicagoTechExpo.net. 150 free websites were created for small businesses during the one-day event.
  • Green Street Project arranged for Openhill to debut its beta service with the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection as the Premier Partner of its October 2009 ChicagoTechExpo.net. 150 free websites were created for small businesses during the one-day event.  For three months after the event, Chicagoans were encouraged to set up as many websites as they liked by going to the City's website: ChicagoTechExpo.net/openhill
  • In November 2009, Green Street Project gifted PurposeOverPain.org, a Chicago Police Department-affiliated community group founded by bereaving families of urban violence, a $5,000 website strategy and design makeover.  Green Street Project will also provice the organization with continued community organizing support.
  • In November 2009, Openhill.com granted Green Street Project $25,000 of websites services to develop an awards-based software that will allow Green Street Project to award cash and in-kind resources to worthwhile projects that are making a different.

Green Street Project plans to continue partnering with the City of Chicago to help make grants of Openhill's website services.