The Time is HERE!

Dear creatives, poets, visionaries, bloggers, speakers, entrepreneurs, thinkers and tinkerers,

re:publica Detroit is taking place this week and we hope you are just as excited as we are!

#rpDetroit offers a full diversity of speakers, subject matters, perspectives and formats thanks to the many inspiring submissions from the Call for Participation and the support of our amazing co-curators.

We invite you to explore the topic of ACCESS across three tracks: “arts & culture”, “work & new economy” and “mobility & urban space”. We want to raise discussions on complex issues in order to challenge ourselves and ask questions on who receives access to creative expression, economic opportunity and urban mobility in an age of digitalization. Look forward to sessions covering “Surveillance in the Urban Space”, a techno choreopoem set in the year 3071, discussions around Water as a Human Right and talks on the future of mobility. Speakers include Monica Lewis-Patrick, Ingrid LaFleur, Armen Avanessian, Janice Gates, Katie Hearn, Lauren Hood, Tiff Massey, Saskia Sassen, Hossein Derakhshan, Devita Davison, Mark de la Vergne, Katie Hearn, Piper Carter and many more.

Registration is free, and to keep you up to date, we will be reporting via our social media channels on twitter and facebook! Doors open at 10am on both days, Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to two exciting days full of creative ideas, open minds and intense discussions. Enjoy the conference, and make sure to join our evening program including a live performance by Jessica Care Moore, and the closing party at Electric Studio on Saturday night!


The rpDetroit Team

The Potential 2019 Schedule

  • 1:00-1:30PM: Submerge – Networking and Tours of the Techno Museum (3000 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI)
  • 1:30 -2:00PM: Walk over to Tangent and dining at Deutschtroit Food Truck
  • 2:00 -2:15PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks by Angie Linder Cornelius Harris
  • 2:15PM-2:45PM: Building a strong creative community, one event at a time presented by Melissa Perales
  • 2:45 -3:45PM: Ingrid LaFleur & Zac Bru for a fireside discussion about empowering & sustaining creatives in the city
  • 3:45-4:00PM: Johannes Ebert – General of Goethe-Institut
  • 4:00-5:00PM: 24-hour economy presentation by Mirik Milan & Lutz Leichsenring of VibeLab Berlin
  • 5:00 –5:15pm: Introduction of Rochelle Riley as City of Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture
  • 5:15-5:30 – break and Deutschtroit Food Truck
  • 5:30-6:30: Panel discussion – Safe & Legal Path to 24 Hours Adrian Tonon, Mirik Milan, Lutz Leischsenring, Cornelius Harris, Andreas Goergen, Melia Howard & Commander Franklin Hayes Moderator: Jenenne Whitfield
  • 6:30-7:00: Q&A
  • 7:00-7:15PM: re:publica Announcement .
  • 7:15pm – close: Networking, Food Truck & Afterglow

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Melia Howard is the District 5 Manager and community liaison.  She’s meeting with and talking to all the businesses and residents in the district to promote unity and harmony.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Wayne State University. She is also affiliated with the following civic organizations, non-profits, and unions: Member for 30+ years of Trumbull Ave. Presbyterian Church; Board Treasurer and Development Director for Physically Fit 4 Hoops; Precinct Delegate-192; Member of the Michigan Democratic Party;Founder and Chairwoman of the Northeast Detroit Democratic Club; Member of the Detroit Branch – NAACP; Member of the League of Women Voters; Member of the Center for Progressive Leadership; Former Teamster member with UPS (United Parcel Service); Former CWA (Communication Workers of America) member Local 4004 with AT&T.

District 5 stretches across both the historic west and east sides of Detroit. The district is home to the Renaissance Center, Eastern Market, the Fisher Building, Ford Field, the Packard Plant, Greektown, the Herman Kiefer Complex, Henry Ford Hospital, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, General Motors, the DMC, The DIA, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the East Riverwalk, Pewabic Pottery, and The Dequindre Cut.  While all of District 5’s neighborhoods are dynamic in their own right, several of the most well-known include Midtown, downtown, Brush Park, Indian Village, Boston Edison, West Village, New Center, the North End and Arden Park.

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Dr. Andreas Görgen has served as director general for culture and communication with the Federal Foreign Office, Germany in Berlin since April 1, 2014. From 2009, he held senior positions with Siemens Energy Sector in Paris, including regional head for southwest Europe, country sector head for France, and division head for fossil power.

Prior to this, Dr. Görgen fulfilled a number of government positions, including assistant to Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his role as federal foreign minister between 2005 and 2009, and desk officer in the directorate general for European affairs at the Federal Chancellery from 2002 to 2005. He was also commissioner for culture and the media and desk officer for the minister of state between 2001 and 2002.

Prior to embarking on his career in the public sector, Dr. Görgen worked as a freelance mediation trainer and film financing specialist at Essec Business School in Paris, as well as at European law firm Beiten Burkhard in Berlin. Previously, he received a scholarship to attend the École nationale d’administration in Paris and Strasbourg, and worked at the renowned Berliner Ensemble theater. While preparing for state law examinations, he also worked at the Higher Regional Court in Berlin as an assistant to the administrative director.

Dr. Görgen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Bonn, and was awarded his Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Tübingen. He also speaks fluent English and French.

Meet the food vendor for our conference!

Meet the food vendor for our conference!

DeutschTroit is a pop up restaurant project focused on bringing the flavors and recipes from regional Germany directly to you. DeutschTroit consists of hobby baker and entrepreneur Jana, an immigrant from Deutschland (Germany) and Shawn a seasoned Chef and food lover from Detroit – a match made in heaven! After a trip to Germany together in 2017 the decision was made – they have to bring German food to Metro Detroit and introduce people to these rich classic and contemporary flavors like Schnitzel and Currywurst. DeutschTroit was born! They work with old family recipes and the real (German) ingredients even if they are hard to find sometimes. They want to have the most authentic taste possible. Danke!

Meet a DBC Member and conference panelist!

Meet a DBC Member and conference panelist!

Cornelius Harris,

cultural activist, founder of Alter Ego Management and label manager of Underground Resistance (UR), the legendary techno collective from Detroit. Started by Jeff Mills and Mike Banks, UR has been called “the heart, soul, conscience and consciousness of Detroit’s influential techno scene.” Harris joined UR in 1995, inspired by their marriage of music & message.

He is a musical artist manager and cultural critic, overseeing tours, project management, artist development and scheduling. He specializes in international touring and urban revitalization through music and other creative industries. He is a founding board member of the Detroit-Berlin Connection as well.

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Zac Bru is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sonic proselytizer. As head of the Detroit Bureau of Sound, Zac Bru uses experimental music to create multisensory experiences, one of which was described as “sounding as raw as mating bull elephants” (Lansing City Pulse on “X is for Xenakis”, 2013). He has brought two productions to Red Bull Arts Detroit (John Cage Rave, and Rejecting Reality) and has appeared at the Detroit Institute of Arts with curated programs of percussion music alongside featured artists from Ghostly International (Matthew Dear and Shigeto). More information at @detroitbureauofsound on fb/ig

Meet Detroit’s Night Economy Ambassador and one of our panelists!

Meet Detroit’s Night Economy Ambassador and one of our panelists!
Adrian Tonon, a dynamic entrepreneur and humanitarian, has developed exceptional skills in the key areas of leadership, management, organization, finances, public policy, social service and detailed customer service.
Adrian has trained and mentored numerous individuals and corporations in the art of customer relations and attaining company and/or personal goals.
After serving on the then Detroit Mayoral Candidate, Michael E. Duggan’s Executive Campaign Team to help promote world-class customer service in the public sector and raise awareness of Mike’s ability to lead the City of Detroit, Adrian is now the City of Detroit’s first Director of Customer Service and an appointee of Mayor Michael E. Duggan’s Administration.

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Meet one of our conference panelists!

Ingrid LaFleur is a curator, pleasure activist and Afrofuturist. Her mission is to ensure equal distribution of the future, exploring the frontiers of social justice through new technologies, economies and modes of government.

As a recent Detroit Mayoral candidate and founder and director of AFROTOPIA, LaFleur implements Afrofuturist strategies to empower Black bodies and oppressed communities through frameworks such as blockchain and universal basic income. Ingrid LaFleur is currently the co-founder and Chief Community Officer of EOS Detroit, Director of Detroit Bank Job, and Curator of the upcoming Afrofuturist exhibition, Manifest Destiny at the Library Street Collective.

As a thought leader, social justice technologist, public speaker, teacher and cultural advisor she has led conversations and workshops at Centre Pompidou (Paris), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Ideas City, New Museum (New York), AfroTech Conference, Harvard University and Oxford University, among others. LaFleur serves on the board of JustSpace Alliance, Powerhouse Productions, and the Cooley ReUse Project.

LaFleur is based in Detroit, Michigan.