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Sunday, March 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
A Media-Based Economy for Detroit's Future

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Detroit is what the rest of the world has to look forward to. This panel will explain why there's hope in that statement, when you consider the growing community of citizen journalists, culture producers, technologists and small-business owners who are building a media-based economy at the city's grassroots. Neighborhoods are building mesh wireless networks to expand Internet access through community-owned infrastructure. Hackers teach residents how to build computers from salvaged parts and run them with open source software. Musicians use online distribution to reach global audiences, and party promoters give young people a reason to stay in Detroit. Detroit's emerging media economy is nurtured by its legacy of independent music and culture; by the culture of engineering, building and fixing instilled by our experience with the auto industry; and by the creativity and cooperation that comes out of necessity. For the past four years, the annual Allied Media Conference has helped foster Detroit's media economy, convening thousands of media-makers, activists, artists and technologists in Detroit every summer for a weekend of skill-sharing and strategizing. This panel will offer insights from AMC organizers, and other leading innovators in Detroit's creative culture of art and technology. We invite discussion about what the rest of the world can learn from Detroit and vice versa.

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Benjamin Chodoroff

OperatorThe Work Department
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Jeanette Lee

DirAllied Media ProjectsJeanette Lee is a Co-Director of the Detroit-based non-profit, Allied Media Projects and a founder of the Detroit Summer Live Arts Media Project, a youth leadership program that uses hip hop, journalism and online technologies to address the education crisis... Read More →
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Mike Medow

Co-DirectorAllied Media ProjectsMike Medow is a Co-Director of Allied Media Projects (AMP), a non-profit organization cultivating media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world. Mike began working at AMP while finishing his Political Science B.A. at University... Read More →

Diana Nucera

Co-Dir of Allied 365 Training & Exchange BureauAllied Media Projects
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Adriel Thornton

PrincipleWink/Fresh Media Group

Sunday March 13, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton, Salon C 500 East 4th Street

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