Recently at Knight Foundation, we partnered with Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement to host a TED-style learning event that gave Detroit - and the country's - leading thinkers on civic engagement a chance to share their insights.
During the "Civic Showcase and Learning: New Approaches to Community Engagement," the participants shared ways they using social media and digital tools to mobilize citizens, fundraise for non-profits, gamify the urban planning processes, recognize unsung heroes, follow vacant property auctions, vote in the upcoming elections and more.
Sound exciting? Well, it was!
The result? A morning full of inspiration and learning in the intimate, elegant space that is the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Music Box.
If you’re craving a detailed summary of the day's learnings, stay tuned to Knight Blog for a full report on the conference that we will release in a few weeks with our partners at the Center for Michigan.
In the meantime, have a firsthand look at all the work of our compelling speakers, many of whom are supported by Knight:
- Community PlanIt and Detroit 24/7 (Dan Pitera & Priya Iyer)
- Everyday Democracy (Martha McCoy)
- BMe (Black Male Engagement) (Darryl Redmond)
- Loveland Technologies (Jerry Paffendorf)
- Michigan Corps, Kiva Detroit, Detroit4Detroit (Elizabeth Garlow, Delphia Simmons, Trish Dewald)
- Personal Democracy Forum (Andrew Rasiej)
- Publius.org (Vince Keenan)
By Rishi Jaitly, program director/Detroit at Knight Foundation