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Jason Lorimer
Jason Lorimer is a designer, author and founder of Dandelion. He and his team invest in community organizations with best practice solutions, incubate them and assemble the impact ventures in other cities around the world.

Entries by Jason Lorimer

Capacity Builders vs. Dandelion

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:29 PM

There is a cottage industry of "capacity builders" that make up a growing portion of the nonprofit space. Almost all of these service providers are one-to-few person consulting shops offering a prepackaged service like grant writing or strategic plan facilitation to nonprofit organizations. Very few are capable of much customization...

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What Philanthropists Can Learn From Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Well managed nonprofits around the world are working right now to respond to a request-for-proposal (RFP) from a funder. A government, a foundation, "the funder" is looking for a specific type of impact and so they are outlining exactly what they are looking for from applying organizations.

RFP's work optimally...

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Put Yourself Out There

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:10 AM

This is a short story about what good can come from putting yourself out there.

I posted an article at Model D the other day. It was personal to me. The response to the 631 words was reaffirming and indicative of a passion that exists for Detroit....

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If We Don't Push, Nothing Happens

(3) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 5:15 PM

I toss out this phrase to my team at Dandelion whenever I get the inkling that folks are frustrated. I was inspired by a similar declaration I heard while watching a documentary about renowned Chinese artist and revolutionary Ai Wei Wei, called Never Sorry. Wei's sentiment reflects the way he...

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Detroit Future City Is Full of Small Mistakes

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:51 PM

The Detroit Works planning document, "Future City Detroit," was released this past week after close to three years of community feedback and information gathering. Hours after Mayor Dave Bing took to the podium in support of the 347-page plan, Rip Rapson, CEO of the Kresge Foundation, announced a...

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Future City Tactical -- 12 Musings From Detroit 2012

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 2:15 PM

This time last year, after a series of happenings the universe most certainly conspired to orchestrate, I officially began living and working in Detroit, a place I have come to care for in ways I can only explain through fluffy-hearted prose and 140-character Twitter-quips of affection. Having done my small...

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Impact Investment and the App Store

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 10:19 AM

My tenth grade creative writing teacher told me, among other useful life lessons, to never explain your title references in the opening paragraph. He would often grumble that this tactless action was reserved for "those damn lawyers." I am not certain I get the reference, but I have a suspicion...

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TechTown at the Fringes

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:02 AM

"The quickest way to form a rich culture is to adopt an existing, decentralized one."

One night, early last week, I attended an event at the Next Energy facility on Burroughs Street in the TechTown neighborhood just North of the Wayne State University campus. Relatively few people know that TechTown...

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Expect More Detroit

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 7:09 PM

What if everyone who cared about what happened to Detroit read this article?

I love Detroit. Not a Michigander by birth, a series of serendipitous happenings landed me in this place I am now proud to call home. This remarkable city full of too-long-hidden gems, where I get to...

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Off the Spreadsheet and Into the Streets

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 7:03 PM

It was just shy of noon and I was walking across Campus Martius on my way back to the Madison Building when I looked up from checking my email and realized hundreds of people were around me. It seemed like thousands in contrast to the mostly empty downtown streets I...

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6 Things I Love About Detroit... So Far

(36) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Sitting on an airplane midway through one of about a dozen trips between Philadelphia and Detroit in the last few months, I opened my laptop to wrap up some legalese for an exciting new venture. Despite feeling exhausted in the terminal waiting area as I waited to board...

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We've All Been Hacked

(8) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 5:34 PM

We all have that one really annoying Facebook friend.
"Just did 400 sit-ups and 2 hours of cardio at the gym!!!"
"Can't even LOOK at these brownies Sue brought to the afternoon meeting. If I eat one, I'll have to do an extra hour of P90X!"

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