The Global Grid

is creating local urbanist news + teaching neighborhood-level journalism

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Contributions from supporting members allow us to keep going. We thank you for your commitment to The Global Grid and truly value and appreciate your support.

  • Patron-exclusive "Year-in-Review"


  • Biographies/locations of bloggers 
  • Books reviewed from #theglobalgridreads 
  • Highlights from The Global Grid events
  • Topics and highlights from #theglobalgrid Twitter Chats
  • Instagram Takeover highlights from #theglobalgridtakeover 
  • Biographies of illustrators and custom pieces featured on The Global Grid


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"It takes a village." Small contributions from supporting members allow us to keep going. If only 167 readers give $3.00 per month we'll "keep the lights on." Be part of the village.

  • Receive access to The Global Grid's private Facebook Group where you can chat with other members.
  • A thank you tweet from The Global Grid's Twitter account (6,700+ followers) to your website or profile. Recognizing you or your organization as a Village Patron. 
  • Plus the rewards of a Hamlet Patron.


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As a Town Patron you receive recognition across social media to over 10,500 followers and access to our patron-only Facebook Group. You've got the digital suite of swag. Want something more tangible? Become a City, Metropolis or The Bloc Patron.

  • A post on The Global Grid's Facebook page (3,880+ followers) recognizing you or your organization as a Town Patron. 
  • Plus all the rewards of a Village Patron.




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About The Global Grid

The Global Grid: 

Urbanist news. Local views. 

Hear what bloggers have to say about being a part of The Global Grid team:

In the space of seven years, The Global Grid has trained and mentored 150+ intern team members, 
had over 800,000 visitors and published 2,500+ unique hyperlocal environmental designs stories from around the world. We’ve also written 45+ book reviews on topics near and dear to urbanists and our social media community has grown to 17,000+!

Find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

One of the 45+ books we've read and reviewed:

An example of an image from one of our Instagram takeovers - where locals take us to unique urbanist-interest locations. We have featured 240+ images from around the world.

One of the over 250+ urbanist quotes we've personally curated for Instagram. We feature architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and other industry thought-leaders.

Become a Patron. 

Support Independent Journalism.

Our community includes built environment professionals and enthusiasts from around the globe. Urban planners, architects, landscape architects, real estate developers, activists, university professors, government staffers, students, and citizens just like you.

Our reach is diverse. We have strong local communities in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., St. Louis but also in London, Nairobi, Sydney, Toronto, and many more cities. This provides the unique opportunity for virtual meets to develop in real life.

A selection of the cities our bloggers have written about:

We Bridge the Digital Storytelling Divide

So many graduates from environmental design programs don't have the skills necessary to communicate their messages across digital platforms. Whether improving skills for their individual practice, developing a personal or professional online portfolio and/or brand (ensuring a professional result on their Google search), or learning how to reach communities, we know that with digital storytelling, we can serve our communities better. 

Join us in our mission to provide value-rich internship opportunities to students across the globe, in blogging, social media, translation, and editorial roles, while highlighting best and worst case environmental design practices within their local communities.

At The Global Grid, we believe in local community voices, not outsider perspectives.

Every writer receives their own author page. Useful for referencing on LinkedIn:

We value local community voices and feature cities not covered by mainstream media:

What will your contribution be used for?

The Global Grid is operated by two dedicated team members and editorial interns who have so far volunteered their time. Your support will allow us to hire and pay a part-time editor, rather than relying on intern or volunteer time. Your contribution will also allow us to expand, budgeting stipends to cover the eventual work and extra efforts of reporters, writers, photographers and artists around the world, along with website services, accounting and legal expenses that are basics for any small digital media business.  

Push The Global Grid to the Next Level

The Global Grid celebrates its 8th birthday August 15, 2018. Hundreds of dedicated interns and volunteers have supported us. In eight years we’ve proven to be a trusted source for niche environmental design digital media education and hyperlocal urbanist news.

Providing this training and service has proved to be an expensive labor of love. And it’s time for The Global Grid to adopt a sustainable business model using Patreon, so we can continue to offer value-rich training and news for years to come. Please join us, by becoming a Patron, and thank you for being a member of The Global Grid community.

With gratitude,

Renée Elaine Sazci                                              
Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief 
San Francisco, California, USA       

Sarah Essbai
Chief Marketing Officer
Zaandam, North Holland, The Netherlands
sarah [at]

Thank you for contributing to our vision! 

$23.38 of $500 per month
Keep the Lights On!

At $500 per month, we're able to cover the expenses required to keep The Global Grid operational. For the past seven years, the founder has funded The Global Grid out-of-pocket.

Reaching this goal also ensures that the over 2,500 archived articles stay online - because we'll be able to afford to keep the site maintained. If only 167 readers give $3.00 per month we'll "keep the lights on."
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