Learning to Lead

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Although it’s popular to think of a select few individuals as “natural born leaders,” people actually learn how to lead. And much like the other elements of social capital, leadership is more likely to be developed or crushed depending on one’s location in our social hierarchy. For me, my leadership developed through […]

Small Shifts, Big Change

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld The idea for our new series of Service to Social Change reports came out of the blue. As part of my efforts to get up to speed on my new role at BMP, I read through a stack of transcripts from interviews with long-time partners who had taken steps to align their […]

Call for Submissions: Uniting Detroiters People’s Atlas Project

The Uniting Detroiters Project is seeking submissions from current and former Detroit residents, activists, students, scholars, visual artists, poets, and cartographers for Detroit: A People’s Atlas. They are interested in critical essays, oral histories, timelines, neighborhood maps, poetry, photographs, and other forms of artwork that speak to social justice in Detroit, particularly in relationship to […]

“Five Percent Shifts” Series

A Series of Five Percent ShiftsOur research and experience shows that relatively small shifts in service provision can cause ripple effects; raising up constituent voice, fostering community cohesion and increasing engagement in advocacy efforts. This series highlights “5% shifts” – as we are calling them – that don’t rely on organizations completely changing course and […]

Building Movement Detroit Video: “People’s Atlas” Convening

This post originally appeared on BuildingMovementDetroit.org On August 10, 2012, Building Movement Detroit hosted the second Uniting Detroiters Convening at the Solanus Casey Center. Over 50 people gathered to discuss citizens right to the city, collective power, and new political geographies emerging in Detroit. These ideas were considered through the sharing of current maps of the […]

New Resource: BuildingMovementDetroit.org!

Our partners in Detroit have recently launched an exciting new resource for the progressive movement in the city- BuildingMovementDetroit.org.  this new web portal seeks not only to capture all of the great work that the BMP Detroit team is doing, but also serves as a communal landing page for other organizations and activists who are working […]

Detroit Accountable Community Governance Event

In July, 2012 William Copeland and Rayven Roberts represented EMEAC at the Accountable Community Governance Convening held by the South by Southwest Experiment in Jackson, Mississippi. This event, to be held at The Commons on Thursday, August 30th from 6-8pm, will serve as a community report back. But furthermore will be a discussion about what […]

Uniting Detroiters Convening

The BMP team in Detroit will be gathering on August 10th as part of their Uniting Detroiters project, which seeks to bring together residents from across the city and unite them around common issues.  This meeting, the second in a series of convenings, will take place at the Solanus Casey Center (1780 Mount Elliot Street) […]

BMP Detroit Uniting Detroiters Project Wins Scholar-Activist Grant

We’re pleased to share that BMP’s Uniting Detroiters team has received a Scholar-Activist Award Grant from the Antipode Foundation.  They were one of five projects who were selected out of 105 applications.  The Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards are intended to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or […]

BMP Detroit Partners Featured in Huffington Post!

The North End Woodward Community Coalition, a longstanding BMP partner in Detroit, recently made headlines by announcing that it will file a Title VI Civil Rights complaint against the Detroit Department of Transportation, alleging recent bus cuts came without proper notice or public hearings. The severe cuts to bus service in the city hit transit-dependent […]

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