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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Three Things I Learned About Social Innovation Across America

D:hive BUILD Program Manager Jessica Meyer reflects on her experiences representing Detroit on this year's Millennial Trains Project (MTP), a ten-day train trip across the country that explores how social innovation is changing cities across America.

UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join us Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Shaping Things Up

For those attending SHAPE North America 2014 (SHAPE NA), many came to the city thinking about cars and bankruptcy with maybe a couple of Motown songs humming through their heads. They left with a whole new respect and admiration for Detroit, dismissing superficial stereotypes after encountering the city's charisma, vibrance, creativity, and resilience.

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. 
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Entrepreneurship Videos

VIDEO: Thirty established Detroit businesses win $10K each for their ideas for growth

NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth launched in May by asking existing businesses (those that are at least three years old, i.e. non-startups) in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park a simple question: "What's your best idea for growth?" Nearly 600 loval businesses applied, of which thirty were selected by a jury to receive $10,000 each. Meet the winners in this video by Detroit Lives!  

VIDEO: Wallace Detroit Guitars

Wallace Detroit Guitars uses reclaimed wood from abandoned houses in Detroit to make electric guitar bodies. The instruments emphasize the heritage of Detroit and build on the city's musical legacy. Video by Milk Products Media.   

UIX: Portraits of Detroit Innovation

For the last 3 years, UIX has been documenting the growing movement of artists, makers, entrepreneurs and innovators leading creative neighborhood transformation in Detroit. In this look back, photographer Doug Coombe shares some of the people, projects & places he has captured along the way. Want the full experience? Join us at #UIXDET Sept 24-26, 2014 in Detroit. Music: "Baptism" by Passalacqua, off their new album CHURCH

VIDEO: Peter Dalinowski and Tunde Wey, (revolver)

Detroit's scrappy, resilient DIY mentality is perhaps most evident in its burgeoning food scene - one filled with fluorishing urban farms, trendy bars and restaurants, artisan food start-ups, and pop-ups aplenty. (revolver) in Hamtramck is a pop-up that doesn't pop back down. A combination supper club and social experiment, (revolver) features a rotating host of chefs that changes each week, from home cooks looking to launch their own concept to seasoned professionals of national note looking to do something different and have a little bit of fun. Co-owners Peter Dalinowski and Tunde Wey discuss their concept and why so many people are drawn to it. Video by DETROIT LIVES

VIDEO: Dan Carmody, Eastern Market

Dan Carmody, President of Eastern Market Corporation, discusses the importance of Eastern Market to the city and the region and why it's about more than just food. Video by DETROIT LIVES
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