BECDD ANNUAL SUMMITS
Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit (BECDD) held it's 2017 Summit on December 5th at the UM Detroit Center. 120 people representing 83 stakeholder organizations joined the conversations:
- CDO Practitioners (25%)
- Academia (18%)
- Intermediaries (13%)
- Citywide Civic Institutions (13%)
- Government Officials (10%)
- Grass Roots Leaders (9%)
- Philanthropy Executives (7%)
- Small Businesses (5%)
Over a full day of presentations, discussion and debate, the Summit included:
- National Research results that validated our "seven system elements", identified "best practice cities," and emphasized the important role of social cohesion strategies in developing strong neighborhoods.
- Validation of a sample update of the CDAD D[Comm] Tool that will eventually document (around summer of 2018) and map where and how all of the community development work is now taking place in Detroit
- Consensus on a "Neighborhood Vitality" Success Framework including support for a partnership with the City of Detroit to measure progress on "vital neighborhood" indicators.
- Consensus on the development of community development academic and career pathways that credential this work for everyone from grass roots leaders to mid-career professionals
- Support for a Community Development Capacity Building Clearinghouse that would coordinate and support a systematic approach to supporting strong CDOs and Grass Roots Organization
- Updated a "working definition" of community development, CDOs and GROs in Detroit
- Why and how we need to "cluster" neighborhoods and name them to measure progress and tell the right stories about our neighborhoods
- What "equitable development" means - really - and how we can achieve it in our neighborhoods
- The importance of supporting professional development for existing practitioners, and of building up the salary and benefits structure for practitioners
- Strategies and thoughts on how community development and the City of Detroit should partner together
Participants heard from Janet Attarian, Deputy Director of City Planning; and Arthur Jemison, Director of Housing & Revitalization (click here for video), each of whom reflected on how and why we have to work together to build the community development field in Detroit. Several CDOs informally shared their work and vision in the areas of public education, health, youth and senior empowerment, business and entrepreneurial support, and "green" strategies.
Two young people, Tierra Modock and Christopher Griffin, from the Northend Storytellers presented a documentary on the importance of telling the stories of our communities.
By all accounts it was an insightful, energetic, productive and powerful day. Stakeholders guided and affirmed the direction of the work that BECDD completed in 2017 with over 140 stakeholder organizations, and the work BECDD will do in 2018.
New insights on and affirmations of BECDD's 2018 work included:
- Stakeholders revisited the definition of community development in Detroit, including five distinct role definitions, that stakeholders at the 2016 BECDD Summit came to consensus on. Although it remains fundamentally unchanged, it has been edited and some key points added: CDOs as "sustained voice" for the neighborhood; the importance of residents defining neighborhoods; and the importance of grass roots organizations. The updated definition can be found here.
- The "Kitchen Cabinets" were asked to give their perspectives on equitable development, and they each responded to a key question related to building a community development system.
- Final recommendations from the Capacity Building (click here for video), Research, Data and Evaluation (click here for video) and Career and Education Pathways (click here for video) Planning Teams with BECDD stakeholder responses.
- Stakeholder responses to and consultant reports on a literature review of national community development best practices and a review on five "mature" community development ecosystems.
- Stakeholder responses to their and all Detroiters readiness to collaborate for the sake of our neighborhoods!
Special thanks to event sponsors UM Detroit Center, the Kresge Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation, WK Kellogg Foundation and LISC. We're always thankful to our core partners: Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Lawrence Technological University and Michigan Nonprofit Association.
In late October 2016, we convened a day long summit with 63 of the stakeholders organizations at the UM Detroit Center.
63 STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATED. THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PARTICIPATING STAKEHOLDER GROUPS IS AS FOLLOWS:
- CDO PRACTITIONERS (14)
- CIVIC INSTITUTIONS (11)
- ACADEMIA (10)
- CAPACITY BUILDERS (10)
- CITY GOVERNMENT (6)
- FUNDERS (5)
- GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS (5)
- SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS (2)
On October 26, 2016, BECDD hosted an "All Stakeholder Convening" for the organizations that had participated in discussions..
A panel was comprised of one representative from each of the Kitchen Cabinets. There were two separate facilitated discussions between participants and panelists:
- Panel #1 - Panelists and participants discussed and debated more of the "Big Questions."
- Panel #2 - Panelists reported on their respective Subcommittee work, and discussion followed.
Facilitated break out sessions allowed participants to self-select which subcommittee topic they wanted to focus on, and provided more feedback.
Consensus was reached on a few key questions: