Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2012 September

Purpose Built Communities Member Conference

October 3-5, 2012 Atlanta, GA The 2012 Purpose Built Communities (PBC) Network Member Conference offers educational, informational and networking opportunities for PBC members. Investing in What Works for America’s Communities senior editor Nancy O. Andrews, Low Income Investment Fund…

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Making Meaning Matter: SOCAP 2012

October 1-4, 2012 San Francisco, CA One of the largest social impact conferences, SOCAP, features over 1500 participants that include the world’s pioneering impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, civic leaders, and innovators. SOCAP is the largest gathering focused o…

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New Book Offers Innovative Approaches to Addressing Poverty

On the heels of data from the Census Bureau showing that the nation is stuck at record high poverty levels, a new book by leading experts in community and economic development, academia, government policy, health, and philanthropy offers entrepreneurial solutions to a national epidemi…

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2012 Poverty Summit

2012 Poverty Summit September 21-22, 2012 Washington, DC CFED is hosting the second national Poverty Summit on September 21-22 in Washington, DC. The event will bring together leaders, experts, practitioners, and advocates to discuss ideas for reducing poverty in America and internati…

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Census Bureau Releases 2011 Poverty Data

New figures released by the Census Bureau reveal that 46.2 million Americans (15 percent), including 16.1 million children, are living in poverty. In addition, income inequality, measured by the Gini coefficient index, increased to its highest level in 45 years. The Census Bureau data…

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Community Development and Public Health: A Q&A with David Erickson

This piece was originally published on Reprinted with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. How can the billions of dollars that are spent each year on community development make the places where we live, learn, work and play healthier? That question…

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Big Data and a Brave New World

In a piece for the Huffington Post, book author Ben Hecht writes about an innovative approach to use big data for a big city. Chicago’s chief technology officer and chief data officer are working together to use big data to analyze and provide solutions to the issues facing the city. …

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Peter Edelman New York Times Op-Ed on Poverty

In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Peter Edelman of Georgetown University Law Center discusses why, after decades of policies and programs, the poverty rate in the US remains stubbornly high. He offers four key contributing factors: Changes in the types of jobs available for lo…

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