Q U E S T I O N S

At the Consulate, we invite our guests to ask daring questions about the future of cities.

Here is a collection of past inquiries that sparked great conversations—


What is the role of women in shaping the future of cities? 

Nicole de Beaufort


What's the new playbook for inclusive economic development?

James Feagin IV


How can culture push Detroit to greater heights?

Adriel Thornton


How does a private company invest holistically in a 21st century city?

Chris Uhl


Can a healthier civic commons improve public life?

Kathryn Ott Lovell, Jamie Gauthier & Patrick Morgan


Is it time to let new leaders have a seat at the table? 

Ezekiel Harris & Orlando Bailey


How can we execute thoughtful, community-oriented development without displacement?

David Alade


What would James Baldwin do?

Sabrina Nelson


Is community development dead?

Sarida Scott

 


How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?

Yodit Mesfin Johnson


What's the future of food sovereignty and security in Detroit? 

Malik Yakini & Jerry Hebron


What's the future of food & race in Philadelphia?

Dwayne Wharton


How can we stop eviction in Detroit's property auction?

Jerry Paffendorf & Mary Lorene Carter


What can activists today learn from the activism of the 1960s & 70s?

Sheila Cockrel & Sandra Stahl


What makes James Baldwin so relevant to who we are as a nation right now?

Devita Davison


How can Detroit do more to promote its cultural heritage?

Cornelius Harris


What are creative ideas to bring people together across difference?

Philadelphia


If Black Lives Matter, then Black cities must matter, too.

Dr. Andre Perry


How can we build a more inclusive city for the future?

Jay Pitter


Would you invest in someone's freedom?

Jessica Norwood


As the #MeToo movement grows, who is being left behind?

Danielle L. McGuire & Kidada E. Williams


How do we carry Dr. King’s legacy forward?

Jeffrey Nolish, Pastor Barry Randolph & Orlando Bailey



How can technology make Detroit more inclusive in its future?

Garlin Gilchrist


How do we increase neighborhood engagement through storytelling?

Cornetta Lane


Pleasure is the ultimate rebellion. What pleasures has Detroit given you?

Ingrid LaFleur


How do we tell Detroit's story in an honest yet empowering way?

Eric Thomas


Is cycling for everyone? What are the barriers to entry?

Jeffrey Nolish


Is Detroit a welcoming city to immigrants & refugees?

Taylor Nelson & TJ Rogers


What do mass incarceration, criminal justice reform & prison abolition have to do with planning & economic development?

Amanda Alexander


Did I gentrify Detroit?

Bradford Frost


What does the city lose when we prioritize cars over people?

Francis Grunow
 


What are creative, low-budget ways to activate public space?

Tactical Urbanism Part 1 & Part 2


What opportunities do young people in our community need in order to succeed?

Community Foundation of SE MI


How do you make stronger blocks & neighborhoods?

Naomi Roberson Reid & Kevin Moran


How can we do better community engagement?

Sommer Woods



Community Building in the 21st Century: Exploring Trauma, Healing & Inclusive Growth

Michael O’Bryan


How can Detroiters have a real influence on public policy?

Declare Detroit


What does respectful policy, planning & development look like?

Chastity Pratt-Dawsey & Damion Ellis


As the city changes, how do we preserve space & place for the culture?

Lauren Hood, Adriel Thornton, Drake Phifer & Joel Fluent Greene


What are creative ways to breathe new life into old houses?

Stephen Henderson & Rose Gorman


Is Detroit missing an opportunity to harness new technology for higher uses?

Alok Sharma


How do we catalyze solutions to build Black wealth for Detroit?

James Johnson-Piett


How can we make the world smaller in order to foster better global citizens?

Rebecca Bucky Willis


How do we invest in Detroit in a way that enhances what makes it unique?

David Schon


What's the state of Detroit's Black art scene?

Taylor Renee Aldridge


How can Detroit preserve the cultural integrity of its Black neighborhoods? 

Lauren Hood


Who's benefiting from Detroit's new food revival?

Tunde Wey


What are ways we can Amplify Philly?

Yuval Yarden & Dave Silver


What does this election mean for cities?

Jen Devor, Jon Geeting, Nyron Crawford & Chris Satullo


What is ethical redevelopment?

Place Lab Fellows


How can Black Detroiters practice self-care, self-love and joy?

Florence Noel & Nefertiti Harris


What does it mean to be a citizen diplomat?

Marian Reich, Jonathan Quarles & Mariana Martinez


How can we improve public health in the city?

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun


How can we make design more democratic?

Public by Design


How global is your Detroit?

Gracie Xavier


How can Philly be more welcoming to all?

Herman Nyamunga, Benjamin Miller, Mo Manklang & Jess Ryan


What if we truly believed children were our city's greatest asset?

Khalilah Burt Gaston


What’s your dream space for the city?

Shu Harris, Bucky Willis, Samoy Smith


How do we make space for more local ownership, equity & agency?

Detroit x Philly


What happens when chefs & organizers apply all their principles for equitable, just, diverse & fair food practices?

Ederique Goudia, Genevieve Squires, Brittiany Peeler, Meg Burritt, Jenny Lee & Serena Daniels


How do we navigate the social mob in the era of rogue rappers, activist athletes & problematic presidents?

Candice Fortman


How can the power of relationships & social capital build a stronger city?

Marlowe Stoudamire