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Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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The Better Arguments Project and Urban Consulate’s Better Arguments: Longtimers and Newcomers in Detroit Event

March 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am12:00 pm

Join the Better Arguments Project and Urban Consulate on March 21 for Better Arguments: Longtimers and Newcomers in Detroit.” This event will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage each other in healthy dialogue to address tensions between new and longtime Detroiters in a rapidly changing city.

This is the first-ever event as part of the Better Arguments Project, a collaboration by the Aspen Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, and Allstate to help bridge ideological divides – not by papering over those divides but by teaching Americans how to have better arguments.

The morning program will include remarks by local and national leaders, facilitated conversations and interactive trainings, as well as invitations to participate in follow-up sessions. Participants will then be invited to break bread together over lunch.


March 21, 2019

8:30 am — 12:00 pm


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The Eastern
3434 Russell St. Suite 501
Detroit, MI 48207 United States