Monday, June 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Launching a Digitally Connected, Design Thinking Ecosystem

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Launching a Digitally Connected, Design Thinking Ecosystem

How will Pontiac CONNECT to Detroit? How might public spaces and places become human-centric vs. car-centric by design? And what might the FUTURE of Education look like from a learner-centered design point of view?

Our program uses a Connected Digital Design Thinking Process Platform to ask the deeper questions and look at the problems our social sector is facing while engaging in a broad, inclusive development conversation around the transformative possibilities in the areas of Education, Economic Development and the all important Transportation.

INTERACTIVE LINKhttp://bit.ly/DetroitStartupWeek - Leave a sticky note, let us know your thoughts on these topics! 

We’ll consider the challenges and opportunities within a handful of projects we are immersed in: The Regional Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Committee, the National Street Service Pontiac Pilot City Project and the Pontiac Youth Recreation Millage Initiative. We’ll have community practitioners and thought leaders from each of these projects participating and most importantly we’ll be looking to engage the audience in a dialogue on how to move our Southeast Michigan region forward.

The success of our region and state is dependent on Detroit’s success! How will smaller post-industrial cities around the state learn from Detroit and adapt and change according to their own unique cultures and ecosystems?

Pontiac has recently become one of five National Street Service (NSS) Pilot Cities. We’ve been testing the development of this program designed for citizens to become familiar with their streets while launching “tactical urbanism” experiments to make them more human-centric vs. car-centric. We’ll discuss this program within the context of the Pontiac Phoenix Center / Public Plaza conversation that has been an ongoing conundrum, now approaching resolution.

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Additionally our incubator has been serving as one of five Oakland County representatives on the Regional Transit Authority’s Citizens Advisory Committee (RTA-CAC). During last year’s Detroit Startup Week we hosted a symposium with SMART Bus to engage our audience in a dialogue to advocate for deeper connections and success for the RTA, after it failed to pass in the November 2016 election. This year we intend to deepen that conversation and consider elements of the RTA “Connect” plan that are entrepreneurial in nature (the Home Grown and Innovation Initiatives) and that will require an “all hands on deck” approach to pass the plan this November 2018.

Lastly we will weave in a conversation on the transformation of Michigan’s dysfunctional K-12 Education system tasked with developing world-class 21st Century talent. What if schools connected to the world our students encounter? What if project-based learning connected young people and their imaginations to these great challenges our Region / State / World is undergoing and allowed them to see a role for themselves in creating change? 

We’ll share insights from our recent role in the Pontiac Youth Recreation Millage and the facilitation of innovative, conceptual grant development efforts inherent in the domains of “Design Thinking for Cities, Higher Education, K-12 Education and Libraries.” H. Bill Maxey, Community Leader and Activist will be in participating again this year and the Young Entrepreneurs Squad will showcase their ideas and businesses that will play a role in new incubation / co-working space opening in Downtown Pontiac at 7 N. Saginaw and in the Pontiac Power Week and Park(ing) Day 2018 upcoming events. Founder of Y.E.S Mary Evans will be shuttling us to Detroit with her Alternative Transportation Services company and will talk about her new product, Pet Poop Pod. Root Top Pontiac will discuss their sustainable greening projects happening in Downtown Pontiac.  

See more @ phinco.org

Program Partner / Speaker
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Monica Williams

Co-Director / Designer, Pontiac Holonomy Incubator
Organic, Bottom-Up & Evidence-Based Development, Design, Design Thinking, Movement Back to Cities, Opportunity Zones, Innovation Districts, Placemaking, Community-Based Learning, K-12 Education, Higher Education & the Instructional / Organizational Model TRANSITION.

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