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Detroit Goes National: 10 Moments That Made Us Proud [VIDEO]

Urban Innovation Exchange director Claire Nelson takes a look back at Detroit innovators in the national media and highlights 10 of our favorite moments. Of course, as she notes: "…this list barely scratches the surface. But that's exactly our point."

Marlowe Stoudamire: The Butterfly Effect of Social Return on Investment

Marlowe Stoudamire reflects on his international experiences as a Marshall Memorial Fellow and how he can translate those experiences and the best practices he learned abroad to his business and public engagement consulting firm, Butterfly Effect Detroit

When Great Minds Meet

A social entrepreneur, an oil and gas executive, and a politician walk into a conference in Detroit…so what happens next? The short answer: when great minds meet, creative ideas emerge.

Thirteen doable ideas for cities from first ever Urban Innovation Exchange

Last month, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities.

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.

G-Sync: Postcards from Detroit's Edge

Grand Rapids-based Rapid Growth Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen shares his insights and photos from the latest Rapid Growth #GRR2DET project, in answer to the question, "What else is happening in Detroit besides the often-negative headlines?"

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.

Lessons learned from Mackinac(ish): Bringing it all back home

[email protected](ish) was more than just a reaction to the Mackinac Policy Conference or a party in the woods. Matthew Lewis has this reflection on his experience with the diverse group of Detroiters that got together Up North.

Opportunity for All: The Question Every City Should Ask, And Answer

How can cities better connect all residents to economic opportunity? It's the million-dollar question -- the question we hope our civic leaders, policymakers and philanthropists wake up every morning to answer. It is also a question we ought to be asking ourselves, within our own businesses and organizations: How can each of us help create greater opportunity for all?

UIX Q&A: Jessie Feller, Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the Minds is one of the premier annual leadership summits focused on urban sustainability, innovation and connected technology. The organization will hold its annual conference in Detroit this year September 30 through October 2. Here Managing Director Jessie Feller introduces Detroiters to the concept.

Knight Arts Challenge seeks best ideas for the arts in Detroit

Beginning March 10, Detroiters will once again have an opportunity to win funding for their arts projects through the Knight Arts Challenge, offering a share of $3 million for arts and culture projects that engage and enrich the city. The deadline for the contest, now in its second year, is April 7. 

Growing bold ideas for Detroit's future

At this year's Idealab at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, six Detroit innovators were invited to Ann Arbor to share radical ideas for the future of the city. Matthew Lewis was there with his notebook, Doug Coombe with his camera.

The Grand + Woodward Corridor: Collaboration as Innovation

Khalilah Burt Gaston is the new Executive Director of Vanguard Community Development Corporation, and is collaborating with residents, businesses, and institutions along the Grand + Woodward Corridor to implement a cohesive plan for community development as part of the Grand + Woodward Building Sustainable Communities Initiative. 

IdeaLab: A look into the future

It's that time of year again! Time to round up some folks doing great work in Detroit to go win the hearts & minds of future business leaders at University of Michigan. UIX is excited to host "IdeaLab" -- a fast-paced, two-hour session with a stellar line-up of Detroit innovators on December 6.

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. 
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