We want to make the NCDD community aware of some interesting content the Davenport Institute has been posting on their inCommon blog. As of late, they have highlighted a number of different projects the City of Detroit has undertaken over the last year to increase civic engagement.
Most recently, the city launched its “Detroit Future City” website to encourage online engagement around the city’s strategic framework plan, and our friends at the Davenport Institute are helping to bring more attention to the project.
Now – after hundreds of meetings, 30,000 conversations, connecting with people over 163,000 times, over 70,000 survey responses and comments from participants, and countless hours spent dissecting and examining critical data about our city – we are proud to present Detroit Future City. Within this document lies a path forward towards realizing the aspirations of an entire city; Within it lies a guide for decision-making that is not exclusively for one entity or one mayor or one generation, but for each of us — and those who come after us — in our roles as citizens, philanthropists, developers, business people, neighborhood champions, parents and beyond.
Peruse the posts here. We also recommend you take a look at the Knight Foundation’s report Connected Citizens Detroit: A Snapshot of Civic Engagement, which is one of the things the Davenport Institute has covered on their blog.