"If they don't fix the schools, the rest will be meaningless." It's a powerful quote from within this podcast about the state of Detroit's schools and the state of the city's revitalization.
But resources from traditional newsrooms are stretched. Enter Chalkbeat, a national network of education-focused sites. Recently, thanks to the efforts of Erin Einhorn, the site opened up a bureau to cover Detroit.
Our Sven Gustafson sat down with Erin Einhorn and Julie Topping, both veteran journalists with previous experience in Detroit including the major newspapers, to talk about what's happening with Detroit's schools, what the big stories are, and what to watch for in the coming year.
Thanks to Baker's Keyboard lounge, the legendary jazz and live music venue, for hosting us.
Note: Daily Detroit does syndicate content from Chalkbeat Detroit from time to time on our website.
What role does openly available, good data play in the comeback of a city? What are the ways good data can actually spread between administrations and become institutionally useful? This might sound boring at first, but it turns out to be a really interesting conversation with an interesting Detroiter.
Garlin Gilchrist II is the City of Detroit's Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology. He has an interesting backstory.
He most recently served as the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, where he focused on mobilizing MoveOn's seven million members on issues of civil rights, education, and technology policy advocacy through community organizing and online action. Garlin also coordinated MoveOn's 2012 election mobilization program, Voters Rising. Gilchrist also the founded Detroit Diaspora, a network for native Detroiters living elsewhere to connect with one another as well as people doing positive work in the city of Detroit.
During the 2008 Presidential Election season, Gilchrist served as the Social Media Manager for the Barack Obama campaign in Washington. In this capacity, Gilchrist used social networking and text messaging to engage more online volunteers during the final month of the campaign than any other state.
This week Sven sits down with Calvin Moore, the owner of Seven Point Two tours and host of the podcast "Leading Questions with Calvin Moore."
Calvin has an interesting perspective in that some of his work is showing Detroit to non-Detroiters looking to come here for a job, as companies downtown are actively recruiting talent from all over the nation. Also, as the host of the podcast Leading Questions with Calvin Moore, he brings together people with widely different opinions to hopefully learn from each other.
The show was recorded this time at a very busy Queen's Bar in downtown Detroit.