Launching Native <> Newcomer to Foster Collaboration In DetroitBy Benjamin Seidman on March 1st, 2016 /
Today I’m excited to share with you a new venture I’m launching. Native <> Newcomer is an idea I have been working on for over half a year, collecting feedback wherever I can from the community. People like Niles Heron of Michigan Funders and Lauren Hood of DeepDive Detroit have helped me to hone the focus and make clear the vision to launching our crowdfunding campaign today.
Funds raised from this campaign will go to creating a platform that will match natives and newcomers to collaborate. Teams will receive designated mentors and work together on ideas crowdsourced by the community and have the opportunity for funding. This will kick off in Spring/Summer 2016 with a free launch event involving speakers, workshops, and program orientation. It’s turning entrepreneurship on it’s head, or opening it up for better collaboration between the Detroit community.
Since I arrived in Detroit, I sensed a separation between natives and newcomers. I felt myself focused on bridging gaps by connecting folks in my network. I’m a believer that combining diverse perspectives creates something remarkable. That’s where Native <> Newcomer came from.experience as a newcomer finding detroiters to collaborate with
My experience in Detroit has been overwhelmingly positive. So much so that I’d rather be here than New York City, where I was born and raised. As a native New Yorker, I’m used to stiff competition. In Detroit, I have found open doors and locals willing to work together to create something great and connect me with the right people and resources. Detroit has less, so Detroiters lean on each other, creating a collaborative atmosphere. People like Desmond “Kid Clever” Lester of Clevervizion and Justin Cook of Pro:Up have introduced me to the value of collaborative efforts.
Working together is the best way to get to know someone. Collaboration produced the automobile and changed the world. By joining together fresh and objective perspectives of newcomers with those who know the local dynamics and rich history, we are out to create one Detroit that we can all work towards in unison.