How Civic Entrepreneurship is Re-Energizing Detroit: Lessons Learned from the Field

  • Date: May 13, 2013
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Category: Webinar


The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, released a new report, Bright Spots in Community Engagement. The report features an in-depth case study on the innovative community engagement work happening in Detroit.

Following on the work profiled in the report, NLC is hosting a webinar on Monday, May 13th at 2pm EDT focusing on Detroit and the actions of private and non-profit civic entrepreneurs to build community networks and revitalize the community’s vibrancy.

Philanthropic support, a new generation of innovators, and a sense of opportunity have charged Detroit's civic scene with a new energy. Join the National League of Cities to find out more about the lessons, victories and challenges of public engagement in a re-emerging city in this exciting webinar.

Hear practical examples of crowd-sourcing, the use of micro-finance mechanisms, community development and community-building initiatives, and small business development to improve the city’s economic and social capital. Speakers include:
  • Matt Leighninger, Deliberative Democracy Consortium (Moderator)
  • Delphia Simmons, Thrive Detroit and Kiva Detroit
  • Sean Mann, Michigan Municipal League and Detroit City Futbol League/Club


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