A city characterised by paradox, Devita Davison unpicks the narrative that Detroit, Michigan is reviving itself. With many residents living closer to fast food restaurants than grocery stores, the people of the city are creating a counter narrative to problems in the food system; a powerful form of collective resistance against a broader injustice. Devita shares her experience with FoodLab Detroit and the importance of getting proximate to challenges, as that is where you’re most likely to find the solutions.
Devita Davison is the Director of FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organisation that works to provide entrepreneurs with the technical assistance, workshops, resources and skills they need to start and grow strong businesses. With a lack of representation of low-income entrepreneurs of colour in the food industry, FoodLab is working hard to acknowledge and address barriers to participation, build power and resilience, and promote environmental sustainability through civic engagement. Devita was previously the Community Kitchen Managing Director for Detroit Kitchen Connect; a network of shared, commercial kitchen spaces that provides community resources and an array of industry-specific services. Combining her passion for culinary arts with activism and entrepreneurship, Devita has worked with the Brooklyn Food Coalition, facilitated workshops for the WKKF Foundation, spoken at the Just Food Conference, Netroots Nation, TEDxDetroit and the BALLE conference.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at