Catalyst For Change - 5:08
with Shirley Stancato, President & CEO of New Detroit, Inc.
Posted Mar 26, 2018
New Detroit was formed in response to civil unrest in 1967 that uncovered a host of entrenched social and community ills. At the request of then Michigan Governor George Romney and Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, business executive Joseph L. Hudson, Jr. convened a unique coalition—the nation's first—to identify what went wrong in July 1967, what needed to change, and how to make that change happen. Since then, New Detroit, Inc. has been a uniqueand valuable arenawhere leadersof Detroit's business, civic, grassroots, and religious communities have come together to plan cooperative strategies and to demonstrate their commitment to the city. New Detroit provides a forum for community leaders to come together to listen and learn from each other and to serve as a regional forum for sensitive issues among individuals who might otherwise have no contact. The coalition has worked to impact the actions of individuals and institutions by serving in a number of roles; advocate, catalyst, convener, and facilitator.
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