From the explosion of community gardens, to the founding of many community development-oriented organizations, there are exciting things happening in Detroit. Among them, is Detroit Nation – a “grassroots organization dedicated to improving the flow of funds, ideas and energy between native Detroiters now living elsewhere and their hometown.”

Detroit Nation co-founder, Rachel Jacobs, is one such former Detroiter. She currently lives in New York where she works as a consultant for Fortune 500 organizations, but feels an unbroken connection to and a desire to stay connected with Detroit. Together with volunteers living across the country, she is helping to build a better future for Detroit while strengthening volunteers’ bonds to the city. Jacobs spoke with Repair the World about her family’s service DNA, building Detroit’s human capital, and why it’s important to support a city from both near and far.
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