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Detroit Impact: Design Thinking for Social Innovation

Detroit Impact: Design Thinking for Social Innovation

We are now accepting applications for team members to participate in the new design-thinking consultancy program at the Ross School of Business called Detroit Impact: Design Thinking for Social Innovation. Detroit Impact matches student teams with Detroit-based organizations to work on exciting projects that will contribute to the city’s economic and social development while also allowing students to gain real-world professional experience.

Detroit Impact was conceived in collaboration with the Net Impact National Conference design team, the design thinking firm, IDEO, the D+B club, and the Revitalization and Business Conference design team in an effort to apply design thinking concepts to social innovation projects. All graduate students are encouraged to apply, not just Ross Students.

Topics and Participating Orgs.
*ASTI – Sustainable real estate development, real estate finance, urban design, sense of place building
*Dermanaut – Health care, entrepreneurship, technology, growth strategies, marketing
*Detroit Regional Chamber and MSU - Economic development, industry attraction, business policy, logistics and transportation
*Get Fresh Detroit – Food distribution, food access, marketing, branding, health education, social enterprise
*RecoveryPark – Urban farming, distribution, public / private partnerships, social enterprise, workforce development, community development
*United Way of Southeast Michigan – Corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, nonprofit management, human capital

Full company and project descriptions can be found here.

How to Apply

Please send the following to alexesca@umich.edu no later than Sunday November 14, 2010 at 5:00 PM:

*Copy of resume
*One Paragraph stating your reason for interest
*Top 2 choices for project placement

Additional info
Final presentations will take place at the 1st annual Revitalization and Business Conference on January 20th 2011
Estimated time commitment between November 17th and January 20th is 2-3 hours per week
For Questions and more information email alexesca@umich.edu

Posted by kkowatch at November 11, 2010 11:53 AM

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