Leading from Local Circumstance: Lessons from Detroit

Underlying Detroit’s current transformation is an extraordinary reinvention of its civic ecology. Traditional roles and responsibilities have shifted, merged, and migrated, creating a new model for public, private, and philanthropic collaboration. The Detroit model is a direct response to shifting fiscal and political circumstances and a radical departure from the old way of doing business in American cities. An examination of the principles and strategies underpinning Detroit’s new blueprint for civic change offers lessons for many other cities in transition.

  • Rip Rapson, President and CEO, Kresge Foundation


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