“Bolstering Fragile Neighborhoods: How ‘Going Local’ Helps Disadvantaged Americans”


Online March 24, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

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Seth Kaplan
Shirley Franklin
Geoffrey Canada
Othello H. Meadows III

Indicators show that everything from life expectancy to crime rates to student test scores to social mobility are not only correlated with each other but with a physical location. Yet, few public or private initiatives focus on comprehensively strengthening neighborhoods and, in particular, neighborhood social systems. Many initiatives focus narrowly on improving individual lives through access to basic material goods. How can we think beyond established silos and commonly used metrics?

Seth Kaplan, professorial lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, will moderate this session featuring Geoffrey Canada, president of Harlem Children’s Zone; Othello Meadows, managing director, Portfolio Strategy & Initiatives at the Blue Meridian Partners; and Shirley Franklin, the 58th mayor of the City of Atlanta. The four will explore the idea that a “prevention society”—a strong society that supports and advances all its members—is only possible when philanthropists, policymakers, and local leaders collaborate across sectors to catalyze lasting change.