Community Action

Year-round, members provide guidance and input to staff on needs, opportunities, priorities, and strategies to grow the good food business ecosystem. But there are always more ideas for projects and programs than we have time or resources to pursue. In order to prioritize our collective energy and make sure we're "pulling together" as a community, each year, at our annual Member Summit, FoodLab staff leads a process where members discuss, vote, and work to define goals and strategy around a Community Action. This conversation leads to an annual Community Action Project with specific and achieveable metrics for success.

Community Action Goals are publicly-facing commitments that we make as a community guided by input from our ecosystem and information from staff. These are similar to a nonprofit's objectives or a business team’s targets, but they are defined and chosen cooperatively by our membership. We set our first Community Action Goals at our first Member Summit in November 2013.

Recent Posts

At FoodLab Detroit, we know that in order to build a more equitable city, communities must be empowered to reach their full potential. To be empowered, individuals must have access to those things that enable one to live a healthy, productive life: nourishing food, high quality jobs, and...

What is FoodLab Detroit's Annual Network Gathering? At FoodLab you won't hear us preaching about “design thinking”. While we're fans of it, we think it’s flawed, because it’s a system that continues to have...

Good Food. Good Jobs. Throughout the first two collaborative work sessions, FoodLab Detroit's community of good food entrepreneurs, with the help of The Work Department, was able to develop a set of guiding principles and expectations for food...

In the Media

Nonprofit Quarterly
June 11, 2015

As Detroit continues to rebound and rebuild from the Great Recession and its historic bankruptcy woes, entrepreneurs are playing a critical role. And one particular subset of entrepreneurs—those in the food business—are finding ways to help each other succeed, while at the same...

Corp! Magazine
January 8, 2015

When Devita Davison, her Brooklyn, N.Y., home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, returned to her roots in Michigan, she took a chance and accepted a co-director’s position at what was essentially a startup, even though FoodLab Detroit is a nonprofit organization.

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