News

March 23, 2017 / Fatema Boxwala / Meg Heeres

Facilitating Detroit's Sustainability Agenda

We're six months into our 23 month engagement with the Detroit Environmental Agenda (DEA), a leadership team that advances environmental justice in the City. It’s made up of over 15 local non-profits whose missions are driven in whole or in part by environmental concerns.

March 17, 2017 / Libby Cole and Nina Bianchi

Could Detroit Show Us the Way to a New Future of Work?

Metropolis magazine interviewed us! Learn more about how we're boosting Detroit City of Design efforts as a leading social innovation firm who's managing Detroit-based partnerships to produce truly innovative projects.

February 23, 2017 / Nina Bianchi and Libby Cole

We're Hiring a Project Manager

We are growing and hiring a project manager!

February 21, 2017 / Nina Bianchi

$1 million grant to boost City of Design planning

We're opening new relationships between a spectrum of agents and agendas: business, civics, grassroots, and creative economies in Detroit. Learn more about how we're co-leading the Detroit City of Design's exhibitions at the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial with Detroit Creative Corridor Center, an international show March 9-April 9 in Saint-Etienne, France.

January 15, 2017 / Fatema Boxwala

Process, Process! New work with Dynamic IT

We’re working with Dynamic Computer Corporation, a minority and women owned information technology business, based in Michigan since 1979
November 1, 2016 / Carlie Quezada, Libby Cole and Nina Bianchi

Public Design Trust: Footwork

We're co-leading the production of an exhibition at the 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2017. The exhibition Footwork examines the future of network-based working models through the metaphor of dance and its relationship to systems planning and the interconnected movements between people, objects and place.
October 18, 2016 / Fatema Boxwala, Carlie Quezada

Co-Creating Lesson Plans with FoodLab

We're partnering with FoodLab, a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality. We’re helping to increase their impact by using design thinking to co-create lesson plans for the curriculum they offer to budding food entrepreneurs.
October 1, 2016 / Nina Bianchi and Libby Cole

WD proud sponsor and participant at DDF2016

The Detroit Design Festival (DDF) is an annual citywide celebration of creativity. As part of the Detroit City of Design Summit planning committee, WD played a key role in helping to shape a more participatory and critical dialogue.

July 20, 2016 / Carlie Quezada

Fitzgerald Revitalization Project

In partnership with the Trust for Public Land and the City of Detroit, The Work Department is helping to stabilize and strengthen a quarter square mile area of the Livernois/McNichols neighborhood by transforming publicly-owned vacant land and buildings into community assets by making the bid process more accessible.
July 19, 2016 / Libby Cole

WD Partner Libby Cole interviewed in Crain’s Detroit Business!

The Work Department is proud to be part of a curatorial team, Public Design Trust, that is organizing an exhibition in Saint Etienne, France in early 2017, as part of the International Design Biennale.

July 15, 2016 / Carlie Quezada

Detroit is now a UNESCO City of Design!

We are thrilled by this news and look forward to all of the exciting opportunities and positive impact to our creative economy that will result from this designation.

June 30, 2016 / Libby Cole, Carlie Quezada

The Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods Initiative reflects on decade of impact

In partnership with the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center (TAC), we designed impact statements for the four communities in which this program has been implemented.

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