2016 Summit Synopsis
In late 2016, we convened our first day‐long summit with 63 of 98 stakeholder organizations, at the U‐M Detroit Center.
The largest stakeholder cohorts were CDO practitioners, intermediary/support organizations and academia. We hosted a panel with one representative from each of the eight Kitchen Cabinets that had been meeting all year. There were two separate facilitated discussions between participants and panelists:
- Panel #1: Panelists and participants discussed and debated the “Big Questions in Community Development” in Detroit.
- Panel #2: Panelists reported on their respective subcommittee work, and discussion followed.
Facilitated break‐out sessions allowed participants to select a subcommittee topic and provide feedback:
- Community Development Definitions. In order to clarify what community development is and what it means for Detroit, our subcommittee discussed a “working definition,” which may morph and change as we move through the system‐building process.
- Framework for Neighborhood Success Measures. Our subcommittee discussed a framework for what stakeholders see as “success” in neighborhoods.
- Detroit Community Development System Structure. This subcommittee discussed how a system of many different parts with many different stakeholders could be coordinated in a coherent and collaborative way to begin to move the needle on neighborhoods in a positive way.
As a result of our summit, through a facilitated plenary session, consensus was reached on key questions.