Detroit Call for Participation: Access to Work & New Economy

The “Business & Innovation” track – or how to get access to the required skills and resources in post-industrial Detroit?

Detroit’s industrial history lays the foundation for post-industrial businesses, startups and entrepreneurship, work and the emerging economy. With an up-and-coming startup ecosystem, how is access to funds, loans, cash flow, venture capitalism investments created, and how does the startup infrastructure, know-how of business acumen, digital capabilities (inherently higher education) play out? re:publica Detroit will be all about Access. In this track, we want to explore Access to Work & the New Economy.

Whether green fintechs or social entrepreneurs, whether values-based business modelling or the SHEconomy – for re:publica Detroit, these are exactly the sort of visionary business ideas and working models that we’re looking for.

The questions we’re thinking about:
How will a city like Detroit benefit from technological developments such as artificial intelligence in the working market? How can an afrofuturist approach to cryptocurrency be created in an accessible manner? How can digital technology contribute to fostering business generated in Detroit and across the nation? Can Detroit become America’ richest city once again? What counterexamples are there to serve as models?

We’re looking for the answers in the “Business & Innovation” track. We’re inviting artists, international activists, the “internet community,” scientists, businesspeople, journalists and entrepreneurs to use their present-day experiences, analyses, statements and research results to critically evaluate the status quo of the world of work, the digitisation of the economy and its effects on our consumption, culture and lifestyles. The range of topics is diverse and the contributions should be, too. The more colourful, the better!

Programme contributions can be made in the following formats: a talk, discussion, workshop, meetup - and anything else you can think of that would leave the re:publica audience breathless and open up new perspectives on the topic of  “Business & Innovation”. Submit your content idea until August 1st through our Call for Participation. We look forward to reading your submission!


Read more about our other tracks here:
Mobility & City
Arts & Culture