As a Michigander I’m always looking for some good vibes on the economy. I found it last night on NBC Nightly News, an inspirational story about Detroit Soup.
It’s not a restaurant, but it does serve soup — and something a lot more precious for down-on-its-luck-Motown — hope.
Here’s the concept: Detroit Soup is a monthly dinner to fund creative and entrepreneurial projects. Micro grants are awarded at the dinner. Five dollars ($5.00) is the entry fee and it gets you a simple meal — soup, salad, bread — and a vote. They hold the dinner in an old warehouse. Click over to their site and read their backstory, it’s interesting.
Apparently this concept has been happening for over three years.
Why I like Detroit Soup:
- It’s simple, there are no arcane hoops to jump through for those seeking grants, you share a proposal and get feedback, and maybe a grant
- It develops the entrepreneurial/creative community and encourages young people to stay in Detroit
- It educates the community about possibilities, and about what might be done. It’s an inspiration for others, and a springboard for further ideation re: creative projects
- It rewards creative and innovative ideas immediately and gets projects off the drawing board and into real world action
- It fosters innovation. Small projects is where big things start
- Most of all it’s a Hope Generator. Detroit (and all of Michigan) needs more hope and being able to Do Something, even if it’s a small project, is how the hope rubber meets the change-the-city road.