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Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Kyle Vogt

The Henry Ford shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress. Meet self-acclaimed San Francisco car guy Kyle Vogt, who designed Cruise, a device that turns your car into a self-driving one.read on…

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Daniela and Jorge Perdona

The Henry Ford shares inspiring stories that showcase change-makers and the possibilities for future progress. Learn how entrepreneurs Daniela Perdona and Jorge Perdona can help you keep communication alive when cell service fails or you're off the grid.read on…

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Thomas Edison

The Henry Ford shares inspiring stories that showcase change-makers and the possibilities for future progress. Celebrate the birth month of Thomas Edison by taking a virtual tour of the workshop where he profoundly changed our world. read on…

Inspiring stories from The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation: Aamir Patel

The Henry Ford shares inspiring stories that showcase change makers and the possibilities for future progress.  Meet Aamir Patel, founder of Silic, who developed a highly specialized fabric that uses nanotechnology to repel liquids and stains. Intrigued? Watch this clip to learn more about this entrepreneur's work.read on…

Dam out, RiverUp!: The making of Mill Creek Park

A few years ago the city of Dexter decided to pull out its dam and redevelop its riverfront. The result has been a healthier Huron River and a near-downtown amenity that's enjoyed by both residents and businesses. read on…

Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.read on…

Sustainable Living in a Capitalist Economy

Last week Dr. Shelie Miller, of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems, confessed that though her intentions are good and her knowledge is deep she still struggles to live a significantly sustainable lifestyle. So, how does our community move the needle when it comes to decreasing our environmental impact? If you missed her excellent talk we've got the video for you right here.read on…

The Care & Feeding of Student Entrepreneurs

U-M's TechArb is a renowned student start-up incubator that helps nourish the Ann Arbor entrepreneurial ecosystem. At our last speaker event, they not only gave us the skinny on how it works, but had a trio of studentpreneurs pitch their up and coming companies to the audience. Check out the video.read on…

Doing Business in Downtown Ypsilanti

Last week, at the Concentrate speaker event, blogger Mark Maynard interviewed a quartet of local business owners about the opportunities and challenges Ypsilanti's downtown offers them. From the impact of festivals to the need for space to claims that the city is easier to work with than Ann Arbor, the conversation took some surprising turns.read on…

The Exit Interview: Leaving Ann Arbor

At our last speaker event local blogger Mark Maynard moderated a fascinating discussion with four soon-to-be ex Ann Arborites about why they were leaving, what they'd miss, and what might have convinced them to stay. If you missed it, well, we've got the video replay.read on…

826Michigan: Harnessing Robot & Volunteer Power

Last week, Concentrate's speaker event asked 826Michigan's executive director Amanda Uhle how her organization attracts and activates so many volunteers and what a robot repair store has to do with teaching kids to write. If you missed the event you can still learn the answers in our video.read on…

The Art Of The Tale: Stories from Entre-SLAM

At Concentrate's last speaker event local entrepreneurs weighed in on how they put their dent in the universe. It was an Entre-SLAM sampler that awarded pickles, Pez, and cold hard cash to the best tales told. Check it out.read on…

Ann Arbor's Food Cart Culture

The weather was perfect, the beverages were flowing, and the conversation was spirited at October's speaker event on food cart culture at Bill's Beer Garden. From economic costs to health codes to business opposition to entrepreneurial opportunity, a panel of experts discussed this exciting dining trend and what it might mean for Ann Arbor and communities around the region. Check out the video.read on…

Art In Public Places

Next month Ann Arborites decide whether to fund a millage for art in public places. Last week, Concentrate's speaker series invited Deb Polich, executive director of the Arts Alliance, and city councilmember Christopher Taylor to provide some background and insight. No worries if you couldn't be there. We've got the video.read on…

What's Next For Regional Transportation?

At the end of last month, Concentrate held a speaker event about regional transportation. Megan Owens of Transportation Riders United and County Commissioner Conan Smith discussed what's going on, why Washtenaw County should care, and how it all comes together. Missed it? No worries. We have it on video here.read on…
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