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Detroit, Ghana, and Fashion

By Michael Gordon on March 24, 2012 4:01 PM Unusual post today: short thoughts and some shout outs.  Jake Cohen  generously gave me an hour of his time yesterday answering questions about Detroit Venture Partners (DVP),  the Gilbert family of companies, and rebuilding Detroit through entrepreneurship. At the end of our conversation, he mentioned some […] Read More

Metaphors for Reviving Detroit

By Michael Gordon on March 17, 2012 4:09 PM I was in Detroit yesterday learning more about incubators. I came away thinking about metaphors. My morning began in TechTown, where Faris Alami gave my research associate, Neesha Modi, and me a heady introduction to all that is taking place. TechTown is at once a research […] Read More

Make Education Bigger

By Michael Gordon on March 13, 2012 5:41 PM The four ideas I stress in teaching social entrepreneurship are these: Big Picture Design (which, itself, encompasses “designing everything,” and “stealing shamelessly” the ideas of others); Making It Appropriate; Making It Stick; and Making It Bigger. Most people have a handle on the last item — […] Read More

Detroit 2.0 or 2 Detroits?

By Michael Gordon on March 5, 2012 4:44 PM Are we creating Detroit 2.0, or are we creating 2 Detroits?   There is a renewed sense of energy and optimism in Detroit.  I am seeing this as I explore Detroit’s business incubators (writ large), and there is much to applaud.  Detroit Venture Partners is creating […] Read More