The deadlines are a constant reminder that this program has an end, but DFA and Detroit, hopefully, do not. What’s going to happen next? I don’t think that the impact of this program is reflected in the action of our community partners. Don’t get me wrong, working for DFA probably had a boosting impact on their support of the youth of Detroit. I am sure that the same applies for the Build Institute, Detroit experience factory and the many other community partners that we are working with. However, the most significant impact of our work is a lot broader than a single mission. Being an active part of the entrepreneurial community in Detroit is the best thing we are doing for the city.
It’s incredibly inspiring to be surrounded by people that had the courage to start their own business, and it is even more motivating to know that these people decided to give back to their city. This community is very vibrant in Detroit, but it can also be fragile. Without a constant influx of money, ideas and entrepreneurs this wave of change could soon fade out. Having one of our first contacts with business and entrepreneurship in Detroit, will form us to start thinking of Detroit as a hub of innovation.
Being a player in the new game that Detroit is playing is partially feeding this community of change makers, that are turning the history of the motor city.
Therefore, tracking our impact in the city results impossible, because of the generality of the benefits that I think we are bringing to the city.
I am sure that one day, when we’ll talk about Detroit as a renaissance city, we’ll be able to think that for an Infinitely small part we were part of it, and we’ll finally see our work paying back.