The Urban Innovation Exchange
is an initiative to showcase and advance Detroit's growing social innovation movement. Led by Issue Media Group
with Data Driven Detroit
, The Civic Commons
and a coalition of media and community partners, UIX is made possible thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
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is the Publisher of Model D
, a weekly online magazine that tells stories of creativity and innovation in Detroit. As a founder of Open City
, Declare Detroit
and Mind the Gap
, she is bullish about small-scale innovation and civic engagement to improve the public realm. She studied Architecture & Urbanism at Smith College and Columbia University, and currently lives and works in Midtown Detroit. Claire is serving as Creative Director for UIX.
is a Detroit-based freelance journalist who covers the city scene for several different local and national publications and is the Managing Editor of UIX. She is also the "HIBC" of Eat It Detroit
and serves on the advisory board for Detroit Passport to the Arts
. Nicole earned a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts from University of Detroit Mercy
and also owns her own event production and PR/marketing company. She lives in Lafayette Park.
is the founder of Detroit Big F Deal
, an online crowd-funding platform allowing people to contribute money or volunteer their time toward projects that address a social or civic need. A venture in residence at the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, DBFD has coordinated campaigns for Corktown Cinema, Midtown Sound and 4th
Street Farm. Born in Nigeria, Tunde currently resides in Southwest Detroit. Tunde is conducting research and outreach for UIX.
is a communicator and research analyst at Data Driven Detroit
(D3). She received her MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design with concentrations in data visualization, illustration and health information design. She has designed billboards in Ethiopia, nutrition posters in Botswana and web interfaces in Ann Arbor, and has conducted research for everything from start-ups to international aid organizations. A resident of Hamtramck, Kat is collecting & analyzing impact data for UIX.
is the Managing Photographer for Model D
and the owner of Marvin Shaouni Photography
. Based in Detroit and serving both editorial and commercial clients, Marvin's aim is to seize culture through the photography of people, food and the everyday. Marvin particularly enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to show Detroit, to help readers rethink how we can all live and interact with our city and neighborhoods. Marvin is photographing innovators for his 2012 Daily Portrait Project
is the photographer and essayist behind The People of Detroit
, a portraiture project to give voice to dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial people he encounters in the city. It is a curated tour of life in Detroit guided by the artistic and sociological perspective of one of its native sons. Noah’s mission is to reform the popular notion of what it means to live in Detroit. A resident of Downtown, Noah is shooting and writing photo essays for UIX.
Philip Lauri & Steven Oliver
are the film production team behind DETROIT LIVES!
, a creative agency that develops engaging multimedia projects that push a new image of the City of Detroit. Their innovative approach includes a combination of social branding, marketing and community engagement. Production credits include After the Factory
and the DC3 Speakers Bureau
. Residents of Woodbridge, Philip & Steven are producing video profiles of urban innovators for UIX.
is the producer of Model D TV
and owner of Hendrickson Video Productions
. His cutting-edge production company produces innovative and engaging documentary-style films for forward-thinking clients. Clients include Chevy, Dodge, Accounting Aid Society, Campbell-Ewald, Detroit Regional Chamber, Organic, MDCVB, and many Michigan businesses. Tom produced our lead video
UIX IN THE MEDIA:
“Urban Innovation Exchange Connects Detroit’s Social Innovators”
(Huffington Post, March 6, 2012)
“New project highlights Detroit innovators”
(Detroit Free Press, March 6, 2012)
“Partnering for Transformation”
(Model D, March 6, 2012)