Transit PolicyLab is a three day gathering focused on transit and mobility issues facing Detroit. The conference will be a super fun, connective and immersive experience. We will work together to dream up solutions through workshops, presentations and sharing our collective knowledge. Also, we will be drinking in all that lovely Port Austin has to offer including camping, craft brews, local food and karaoke.
Knowledge & Thoughtfulness
After the Storm is a consortium of like-minded Detroiters who are working in different ways to make Detroit a better place. We believe that knowledge and thoughtfulness are two of the most valuable essential assets to achieving this. Our ethos is IDEAS+ACTION. We operate on design thinking, testing commonly held assumptions, an openness to risk and experimentation. We have come together because we see a lack of representation for our voice and ethos – the talent, organizers and leadership working on the ground in Detroit.
Dates: June 3-5th
Organizers: After The Storm
Topic: Transit & Mobility Conference
Where: Port Austin, MI
Partners: Detroit Up North (Festival) June 5-7th // New Economy Initiative // Global Shapers: Chapt. of World Economic Forum
The backgrounds of the After The Storm organizers include media professionals, transit and startup attorneys, creative directors, renewable and environmental subject experts, social entrepreneurs, graduate students and more. We represent organizations such as The Build Institute, Global Shapers, the Detroit Land Bank, Model D media, WDET, Human Scale, Studio Teal, Playground Detroit, Assemble Sound, Recovery Park, Declare Detroit, and Detroit Up North, just to name a few.
Why: Connect, galvanized & activate diverse range of doers working in Detroit around relevant issues.
Why: We first came together because we noticed policymakers, from our vantage point, do not understand or represent our full point of view. A view that we have because we are here doing the work. The conversation and policy at the state level affects us and it’s important for us to meaningfully collect and share the salient insights from our view.
This first manifested as Assemble Mackinac(ish) a gathering in Charlevoix, right across the lake from and concurrent to the Mackinac Policy Conference. PLAYGROUND DETROIT was thrilled to attend and participate in the group excursion [check out our photos]. Our group live streamed the event and formed structured responses; what we heard, what we liked, where we disagree and what recommendations we would offer.
This Year we decided that we wanted to set our own agenda. With the Regional Transit Authority on the ballot in 2016, we are throwing our collected brains at the multifarious and complex issue of transit in Detroit.
Impact: Beyond the issues that we tackle, our conference is a force in galvanizing, amplifying and elevating our collective abilities. The collaborative and intimate nature allows for meaningful and productive connections to be made. And the proof is in the words that our participants from last years conference used to describe how they felt moving forward: energized, recommitted, more connected, elevated and shocked into action.
Act Now: Apply before Sunday May 24th, 2015 evening and the 50 available spots are filling up fast. More info, application and support opportunities can be found at the groups website. Just a heads up that the last days to apply to join our conference this year are upon us.
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