Venue: Detroit Yacht Club
The historic Detroit Yacht Club (DYC), was founded shortly after the Civil War in 1868. It is the largest and one of the oldest most prestigious private Clubs in North America.
Detroit: a city of challenges and opportunities
After the Global Financial Crisis, industry deserted Detroit with catastrophic economic downturn leading to a $18.5 billion debt, and staggering 50% unemployment in some neighborhoods. But after filing for bankruptcy in 2013, the city has been rising from the ashes and reinventing itself – thanks to innovation, collaboration and ecological solutions including large scale urban farming and AgriHoods!.
From food desert to collaborative consumption
Challenges unique to urban communities like Detroit (e.g., vacant land, food security) present a unique opportunity for initiatives such as community-supported agriculture to empower urban communities. Volunteer organisations such as the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative are using urban agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community in an effort to empower urban communities, solve many social problems facing Detroit, and potentially develop a broader model for redevelopment for other urban communities - simultaneously reducing socioeconomic disparity.