In April, Strategy World Tour Detroit participants explored social innovation with innovators like Matthew Naimi, founder of Recycle Here! and the Lincoln Street Art Park near Detroit’s New Center; Amy Kaherl, director of Detroit SOUP; and Kate Daughdrill, the woman behind Burnside Farm. Tour participants explored the city to get a sense of how new social innovation methods might be used in other cities and industries to help solve problems.

Crain’s Detroit writer Marti Benedetti wrote Tour takes look at Detroit as leader in solving social ills with innovation describing her experience touring and talking with the group.

As a follow-up, Chicago design school incorporates Detroit social innovators into curriculum describes how IIT Institute of Design students have a jump start in learning the new business models of Detroit’s socially innovative companies.

“We looked at how small scale, private companies can make a social difference,” said Patrick Whitney, dean of the IIT and the Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design. “We’ve been using (these businesses) as a context for our student work.”