Air date: October 1, 2015 http://www.theheartofdetroit.org
What happens when young minds with a passion for reform come together? Cornetta Lane sees it as an opportunity to well…. start talking. Cornetta: Detroiters have a hard time accessing uh fresh water and um fresh food um and I saw all of these controversies going on and so I started Detroit Dialogues. A platform for people like me to really engage with what is happening in the city. The members of Detroit Dialogues meet once a month to discuss topics like tax foreclosure and race relations. Things typical twenty somethings ignore. Cornetta: I ask the group hey what do you guys want to talk about for the month and then the group actually votes on a topic. After the vote, Cornetta invites a subject matter expert and an artist to the meeting to guide the Dialoguers in expressing their thoughts through skits or other forms of art. Mitch: Have you grown since you started this? Cornetta: Tremendously. I have grown tremendously. As a young millennial we think we are right about everything. Mitch: Oh you’re not. These eager minds are a testament to what a little face-to-face conversation can do. Cornetta: I love seeing when information gets dropped in the middle of a group and seeing a lightbulb go off. That is probably one of the most rewarding things is that some even walks away with a changed perspective. Mitch: Whoever thought that talking would be a concept. Cornetta: Yes! Popping up at venues all over the city, Cornetta Lane and Detroit Dialogues is stirring up chatter for change right here in the heart of Detroit.