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Urban Leadership


Without Detroit's urban leaders, the city would not have the richness it has today. Whether it's promoting the ousting of the Nain Rouge or organizing a neighborhood-based futbol league or creating organizations to save Detroit's green spaces, it's all pushed to the forefront by Detroit's array of urban leaders.

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Garlow List

Reflections on community, change, and commitment from a departing Detroiter

As Elizabeth Garlow,  former executive director of Michigan Corps and the founder of the Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, prepares to leave Detroit to attend graduate school on the East Coast, she reflects on the specialness of the city and the ways living here has changed her.

Medow List

Building civic capacity in Detroit: Inspiration from Zagreb

Mike Medow of Allied Media Projects travelled Europe as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. In Zagreb, Croatia, he was introduced to "small but smart projects" that both reflect and inspire his work in Detroit.

UIX

Small-scale, big deal: 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 the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Jumping Ship List

Jumping ship: Why leaders are leaving corporate jobs for the social sector

Model D is hosting our next Speaker Series event on Thursday, August 21 at United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit. Come meet leaders who left cushy corporate gigs to make a difference.

Claire Nelson List

The glorious potential of cities; or, How eight square blocks can change the world

"The city is essential. The potential is glorious. And eight square blocks can change the world," writes Claire Nelson, director of Urban Innovation Exchange.
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