What is a Learning Journey?


Learning Journeys are in-depth full-day and multi-day learning experiences in Detroit. These experiences focus on Detroit as a classroom including site visits, panel discussions, and case studies to share best practices.  Learning journeys are designed for both national and global organizations as well as community and business leaders in Detroit.

Below is a Sample Itinerary. Actual Learning Journeys will include guest speakers from organizations like City of Detroit, Riverfront Conservancy, and Community Development Advocates of Detroit, as well as entrepreneurs and innovators like Amy Peterson of Rebel Nell, April Anderson of Good Cakes and Bakes, and Marlowe Stoudamire of Butterfly Effect Detroit.

Day One:

  • Breakfast - Downtown Revitalization

  • Downtown Development Walking Tour

  • Greater Downtown Development Tour with a focus on Public-Private Partnerships

  • Lunch and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Panel

  • Creative Entrepreneurship Study Tour

Day Two:

  • Breakfast - Planning and Community Engagement

  • Neighborhoods, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Study Tour

  • Cross Sector Leadership Panel at Artists Village in Old Redford

  • Dinner - Welcoming Immigrants Panel in Hamtramck

Past Clients include City of Portland, City of San Jose, City of Graz, Harvard University Loeb Fellows, Salesforce, Nike, Challenge Detroit Fellows, Detroit Revitalization Fellows, and Davidson Foundation.

Possible Themes include:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Urban Planning and Development

  • Public/Private Partnerships

  • Art & Design

  • Food Systems

  • Neighborhood Revitalization

Email Jeanette Pierce at Jeanette@TheCityInstitute.com to schedule a time to discuss your customized needs.

Understanding the Fitzgerald Neighborhood

Understanding the Fitzgerald Neighborhood

Learning about Clark Park in Southwest Detroit

Learning about Clark Park in Southwest Detroit

Dabls talking about his African Bead Museum

Dabls talking about his African Bead Museum

We look forward to helping with your experience! Please tell us some information about your group and we will follow up shortly.

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