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Permaculture: Green economy takes root in Highland Park

An approach to designing a self-maintaining garden modeled after natural ecosystems, Permaculture maximizes the distribution of rainwater by aligning it with exposure to sun and wind. Dennis Archambault went digging for this story.

Business Must Do Good

Neil Tambe reflects on his own disillusionment with the profit-driven ethos predominant in business school and asks, "Can business do good?" He decides yes, it must. 

A Radical Education Reformer? Hardly.

Kyle Smitley is the founder of Detroit Achievement Academy, a new charter school opening with grades K & 1 and expanding by a grade level each year. Some might call her a radical education reformer, but she wouldn't. 

Detroit: A City of Superheroes

Urban innovator Ingrid LaFleur recounts the first Afrofuturism class she taught for youth at the Carr Center in which she tied together mythology, poststructuralist theory, and contemporary politcs into a youth-friendly superhero package. 

Youth Transit Alliance: Pilot program gets kids where they need to go

The lack of functional public transit in Detroit hits kids hard, especially when there is no bus to get them to and from youth programs. A new partnership, launched by the Skillman Foundation and the Detroit Bus Company, is meeting this critical demand.

Social Impact Design: Why Detroit?

Michael J. Brennan, president and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Michigan, shares his thoughts on why the concept of Social Impact Design is a perfect model for metro Detroit. 

Impact Day 2013

Once a year, on a day dubbed IMPACT Day, Deloitte—the global business services and consulting agency—focuses its impressive resources and talents on volunteering in the community. UIX's Tunde Wey reports from this year's installment. 

Getting clear on social entrepreneurship to unleash change agents

Elizabeth Garlow is the Executive Director of Michigan Corps, an organization that empowers Michiganders everywhere to connect and collaborate on social innovation in communities across our state. Here she discusses how to define social entrepreneurship without all of the confusing jargon. 

D3 + UIX Insight: Funding Innovation

We have hit the one year mark with the Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX) initiative. After one year we have interviewed an initial 60 innovators identified by UIX; we are now able to start sharing some of our preliminary insights.

Publisher's notebook: The Avenue, a love story

With the "Light up Livernois" event coming up May 31-June 1, Claire Nelson takes a tuneful stroll down the Avenue of Fashion, shining a light on one of Detroit's most historic retail districts. Conclusion? Cooperation and collaboration point to an even more vibrant future.  

The Art of Neighborhood Innovation recapped

Artists skilled at community and business development were our panelists at this standing room only event at one of  MOCAD's largest galleries. Just for you, Cass Corridor Films and Walter Wasacz were there to report it all. 

D3 + UIX : INSIGHT - The Skills Required for Innovation

We have hit the one year mark with the Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX) initiative. Here Kat Hartman, Communications Manager at Data Driven Detroit and analyst for the UIX initiative, provides some takeaways from the data collected from Detroit's urban innovators in this first year of UIX. 

Every Day is a Holiday: The Future of Detroit is Now

UIX editor Nicole Rupersburg takes a look at the city that is evolving more every day. It's springtime: a time of rebirth and renewal. Detroit's interminable winter has finally come to an end.

All together now: Diving deeper into Model D discussion on race

Race relations top the list of issues that need absolute real talk. There are many who believe Detroit can be a leader in building cooperation and harmony as we rebuild the city. Matthew Lewis reports from a room filled with plenty of believers. 

FoodLab: Weaving the network for a good food system in Detroit

Jess Daniel, founder of FoodLab Detroit, discusses network weaving versus networking, and how FoodLab utilizes the network weaving strategy to help build a strong good food system here in Detroit.
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