Three Things I Learned About Social Innovation Across America
Friday, August 29, 2014
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.
A Radical Education Reformer? Hardly.
Friday, September 27, 2013
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.
Urban Exchange: Trading Ideas with Toronto
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Model D's Claire Nelson and Hopscotch Detroit social innovator Ajooni Sethi go north to share the power of play as a tool for civic engagement with our Canadian comrades at Yonge St. Sounds like some serious fun was had in the Queen City.
Poor but sexy: REVOLVE aims to re-imagine vacant storefronts and rebuild neighborhood retail
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Michael Forsyth, Business Development Manager of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, heads up the DEGC's recently-launched
program. REVOLVE works with growing neighborhoods, aspiring entrepreneurs, and building owners in need of tenants to address Detroit's threefold issue of neighborhood needs, excessive storefront vacancies, and lack of retail density head-on via pop-up. Here he shares with UIX Detroit the short- and long-term visions for REVOLVE.
Getting Smarter: Innovators gather for learning exchange at D:hive
Friday, July 13, 2012
The "hive" was buzzing with ambitious doers leading everything from youth programs to community art projects to startup businesses and micro-lending programs. They came to learn about urban innovation in Detroit, and they left with some new strategies for leadership and social entrepreneurship from special guest Christopher Gergen.
Check out our recap & video
VIDEO: Michael Forsyth, REVOLVE Detroit
Friday, April 25, 2014
Michael Forsyth, Retail Business Development Manager of the
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
(DEGC) and leader of the DEGC's collaborative neighborhood renewal program
, discusses how Detroit can be a world leader in how communities approach redevelopment.
VIDEO: Shaka Senghor at TEDxMidwest
Friday, March 28, 2014
Writer, teacher and MIT Media Fellow
recently gave the last talk of Session 10 on "Passion" at TED2014, receiving a standing ovation from the national audience. While we wait for the footage, here's a video from Senghor's earlier talk at TEDxMidwest, which starts with a literal bang: When he was 19, he shot and killed another man. At the time, he was a young drug dealer “with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Senghor says that the “23 years since have been a story of apology, acknowledgement and atonement.”
VIDEO: Matthew Naimi, Recycle Here!
Friday, March 14, 2014
! was formed in 2005 to address the need for recycling options in the City of Detroit. What began as a grassroots neighborhood recycling event has evolved into a city-wide, fully-funded, neighborhood recycling program. As founder Matthew Naimi says here in the video, "It's one of the most Detroit things you're ever gonna see." Video by
VIDEO: Amy Kaherl
Thursday, December 12, 2013
For our last issue of 2013, we're taking a look back at one of our favorite videos from the first two years of UIX. In case you missed it the first time, here is Amy Kaherl from Detroit SOUP talking about their monthly fundraising dinner to support local projects. Video by
VIDEO: Khalil Ligon
Friday, May 10, 2013
Khalil Ligon is the project manager of the
Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP)
, a grassroots community organization that seeks to address land use issues and development planning on Detroit's lower-east side. Video by
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