When we got to Detroit we saw first-hand some of the different ways that people there were tackling some of the issues we'd been thinking about in broad strokes. We listened and looked at what these makers and doers are already creating: community, networks, seat-of-the-pants innovation and problem solving. These folks are clever and scrappy and hard-working. We realized that rather than telling them about what we do at the Lab, and figuring out how it might help them, that instead we should look at what they've done already with good old-fashioned (and new-fashioned) ingenuity, elbow grease, and minimal resources (that is, cash).
If possible, we felt even more energized about an event in Detroit. But we didn't want it to be a one-off, hit-and-run thing. We realized we want a deeper engagement than that.
With some of our new friends, we looked at different spaces and places to gather in the fall.