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Inclusive Economic Development Speaker Series

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Inclusive Economic Development Speaker Series


The Inclusive Economic Development Speaker Series is seven-session series that aims to facilitate collaboration and investigation amongst the Yale and Greater New Haven community into innovative, inclusive, and democratic community economic development strategies. Models of interest include worker cooperatives, makerspaces, racial justice-oriented approaches, participatory budgeting, community land trusts, and environmentally-focused economic policy initiatives. Lunch will be served.  

This event series is brought to you by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development, Yale School of Management, and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. The series is a program of CITY Studio New Haven: an initiative that aims to create a platform for members of local institutions, the New Haven community, and Yale students to co-create solutions that improve New Haven for all who live and work here. Events in this series:

4/3 | An Ecosystem Approach to a Cooperative Economy

Yale Policy Lab - 77 Prospect St.

How does the working class and the broader grassroots community collaboratively build towards a cooperative, democratic economic institutions that are accountable to people rather than profits? Kali Akuno from Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi and Kristen Barker from the Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative in Ohio share organizational models working towards answering this question.

4/8 | Social Justice and Community Housing

Yale Law School - Baker Hall Room 116 (100 Tower Parkway)

Nancy Ibrahim of the Esperanza Community Housing Corporation shares a successful model for collaborative, social, justice-oriented community development strategies. Esperanza Community Housing provides affordable housing opportunities, provides economic and legal resources, and promotes environmental sustainability.

4/15 | Community Land Trusts: Holding Economic Development Accountable

Yale Law School - Baker Hall Room 116 (100 Tower Parkway)

Julius Kimbrough of the Crescent City Community Land Trust shows how the CLT model allows communities to make real estate decisions that build long term community benefits.

4/22 | Real Estate for Social and Environmental Justice

Yale Law School - Baker Hall Room 116 (100 Tower Parkway)

Gregory Reaves explains how Mosaic Development Partners identifies real-estate opportunities that provide real value to communities and promote social and environmental justice.

4/24 | When Neighborhoods and Community Organizers Decide Where To Invest

Yale Policy Lab - 77 Prospect St.

Aliana Pineiro from the Boston Impact Initiative and Lucas Turner-Owens from the Boston Ujima Project discuss strategies for making investment decisions accountable to residents rather than private shareholders alone.

4/29 | Economic Policy and Environmental Justice: A Green New Deal

Yale Policy Lab - 77 Prospect St.

Pavlina Tcherneva, Andres Bernal, and Robert Hockett discuss economic policy, fiscal responsibility, and future possibilities for a Green New Deal.

5/1 | Strategies for Expanding Employee Ownership

Yale Policy Lab - 77 Prospect St.

Christopher Michael, Director of Employee Ownership at Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, and Judy Kornfield, founder of ESOP Economics, discuss effective strategies for building robust, successful, and sustainable worker-cooperatives and employee-owned enterprises.



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