I resisted naming Chicago a RenGen City. First of all--I live here! I can hardly be objective about it. But my research team insisted. It met all the criteria: good intellectual/creative infrastructure, green initiatives, density, circulatory system to move people and ideas around and the sense of "civitas" a Latin term for a well-run city where residents are friendly and happy. My researchers (not from Chicago) thought the Windy City had great mojo. But the main thing--the number one criterion the City has in spades is catalytic personalities. People who take risks, find supporters, build coalitions and make extraordinary things happen. A stroll through Millenium Park says it all.
To honor the launch, Brandy Agerbeck, one of Chicago's young RenGenners and catalytic personalities (she is a don of the Chicago Craft Mafia) has graphically mapped the main themes of RenGen theory. I am honored. She did the same for Al Gore and Thomas Friedman. They liked their's, too.