See into the Future

Urban environments will define the future of society. By 2050 over 86% of the developed world's population will live in cities. This demographic shift will lead to entirely new classes of problems and tremendous opportunities for impactful research and design.

Across the service graph, we want to understand people's needs, intentions and behavior. How to evaluate them, how to model them, and how to design inclusively for them.

Service Graph

Within the dynamic context of urbanization, CivX combines the University of Chicago's world-class research capabilities with design thinking to generate actionable, resource-neutral solutions for civic organizations. Our focus is on shaping the service layer of our communities--what we call the service graph. We define the service graph as all of the interactions, relationships, and dependencies within and across communities. The service graph captures all the journeys that individuals take to both make a living and participate fully in society. We believe that by streamlining the service graph we can make a demonstrated and sustainable impact.

We believe the service graph is a fundamental driver of community satisfaction and stakeholder efficacy. The service graph represents the integration of individual goals, capabilities, and personalities with the services they encounter and navigate. The more well-designed each interaction is within the service graph the better individuals can achieve their goals and the more efficient philanthropy, corporate partnerships, and government becomes.

Scaling a Proven Model

Having proven out our model we are seeking sponsor organizations. We're looking for sponsors at organizations who want to join a distinctive program for Data and Design that helps communities create new ways to live healthier, more enriched, and more satisfying lives.

Working with our sponsors, we want to better understand the opportunities emerging from our rapid urbanization. Our work will be shaped by our sponsors and may focus on themes including: Health, Workforce Development, Education, Immigration, Community Resilience, Criminal Justice Reform, and Economic Development.