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Detroit Works Project

The Detroit Works Project is an evolving roadmap in which residents can have their say to create a shared, achievable vision for the city. How are residents using this site? How can it be improved (if needed)? Can we build on this?

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The Detroit Works Project is a website by the Mayor's office of Detroit which let's people contribute to the development of a road map for the city. The process is 'focussed on bottom up processes of collaboration and decision making'.

According to the website, the community engagement is currently 'amping up' and  will involve:

- Street Team that goes into neighborhoods to share information. There will be Twitter Town Halls
- Roaming Information Table
- Real-time digital communication
- Roundtable Discussions
- Twitter town halls
- the development of Policy Tool Kits;
- Ambassador Trainings.
- In the long term plan there will be a physical office for the Long Term Planning of the Detroit Works Project that the community will be able to visit.

I wanted to post this inspiration up as the Detroit Collaborative Design Center is now leading the civic engagement team, and I think we can learn a lot from their work and local knowledge. Reading articles on the website recently such as this one, there have been setbacks in achieving this open collaborative way of working. So.. What successes can we build on in our own concepting, and can we improve Detroit Works to support it's work, because in theory the aims of the programme sound fantastic, and I would like to hear from anyone who has been involved in the Detroit Works civic engagement programme.

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