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Save the Date: Gentrification Learning Community Forum

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Join us on June 7, 2016, for an Innovation Forum focusing on the findings of our Gentrification Learning Community.

With the recent surge in demand for housing in the Greater Boston area, gentrification and displacement are growing concerns among low and moderate communities. To better understand gentrification in the region and define strategies to address it, LISC and the Mel King Institute, with funding from Neighborworks and the Barr Foundation, convened the Gentrification Learning Community (GLC), a collective of community advocates, academics and public leaders came together over the course of a year to better understand the issues of gentrification and identify possible strategies to address it. As a result of this effort, the group put together a report outlining five prioritized strategies to mitigate gentrification and displacement, preserve the cultural and historic character of neighborhoods and maintain or increase racial and economic diversity in neighborhoods. The forum will share insights from the group’s work, highlight the key findings in the report and facilitate an interactive dialogue among attendees on how we can collectively ensure Greater Boston is a place where people of all means can live and thrive. 

 

Community Development Goes Green

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December 2, 2010

The Mel King Institute for Community Building hosted an Innovation Forum discussion on the current state of green efforts and initiatives within the community development field. The forum included a presentation of MACDC’s new report, “Community Development Goes Green”, which can be accessed here.  Local CDCs from far and wide learned about greening opportunities and asked questions to a very knowledgeable panel made up of Madeline Fraser Cook, LISC Green Development Center; Mariella Tan Puerto, The Barr Foundation, and John Kassel, The Conservation Law Foundation.

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The Financial Health of the CDC Sector

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March 3, 2010

With over 70 community development practitioners in attendance, the Community Development Innovation Forum convened on February 26, 2010 to discuss the financial health of the Massachusetts CDC sector. Bill Pinakiewicz from Nonprofit Finance Fund presented the findings based on a survey that was distributed to 25 Boston-area CDCs.

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"Organized People and Organized Money Builds Power."

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November 11, 2009

At the Community Development Innovation Forum event held on October 16, 2009, Jeanne Dubois, from the Fairmont Collaborative, concluded “organized people and organized money builds power.” Dubois was referring to the benefits of CDC collaboration, which was the topic of the Innovation Forum event.

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Action Media to CDCs: "There's a better way to communicate your message."

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September 17, 2009

 Senator Paul Wellstone once said, “We all do better when we all do better”. According to Action Media, if CDCs want to engage the general public, then they need to do a better job of convincing people that Wellstone was right.

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