#PurposeBuilt2016 Conference Videos & Presentations

What an amazing gathering in Birmingham, AL for our #PurposeBuilt2016 Conference from October 17 to October 19, 2016.

Get a glimpse of some of the amazing moments from the Conference by selecting a speaker below to watch their video presentation. Where applicable, you will be able to download a PDF of the speaker’s presentation.

Carol Naughton Gives Overview of the Purpose Built Communities Model


Carol R. Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities

An overview of the Purpose Built Communities Model and its implementation across the Network. View Welcome Presentation →

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Sally Mackin, Executive Director, Woodlawn Foundation

Tour of Woodlawn
Birmingham’s Woodlawn United Initiative is well underway implementing the Purpose Built Communities Model utilizing best practices and home-grown innovations. See their work up close! View Presentation →

Fred Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, The San Francisco Foundation

Advancing Racial Equity through Philanthropy
As one of the largest community foundations in the country, the San Francisco Foundation is leading an equity agenda which aims to ensure that all people can live in a safe, affordable home and have a good job and a quality education. View Presentation →

Professor David Williams, Harvard University

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
One of the nation’s leading health researchers shares his work examining the effects of inequality and poverty on people’s health and well-being.

David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology, Harvard University. View Presentation →

David Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Purpose Built Communities

David Edwards at the Purpose Built Communities 2016 Conference

James and Deborah Fallows

American Futures: Take Off
Renowned travelers, authors, and journalists James and Deborah Fallows have been travelling the United States road trip-style since 2013, visiting some of the smaller cities and markets that do not receive much national media attention to see how Americans are coping with changes in the economy and society. Hear what they have found in their travels and reporting about the traits that make cities successful.

Ambassador Andrew Young

Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement and a Life of Service
Andrew Young, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, former U.S. Congressman, Former Mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, reflects on a life as a leader in service to others, how far we have come as a nation since he started his journey, where we are now, and where we go from here.

Larry James

The Wealth of the Poor: How Valuing Every Neighbor Restores Hope in our Cities
An urban minister and community development practitioner with more than 30 years of experience, Larry James began his journey as the director of a food pantry in Dallas. Today, City Square is one of the largest nonprofit food distributors in the world, develops housing for the formerly homeless and manages health clinics and community medical outreach in economically distressed areas like east and south Dallas.

Greg Ellison, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Cut Dead but Still Alive
To cut dead means to refuse to acknowledge another with the intent to punish. Gregory Ellison says that this is the plight of African American young men. They are stigmatized with limited opportunity for education and disproportionate incarceration. At the same time, they are often resistant to help from social institutions including the church. They are mute and invisible to society but also in their inward being. Their voice and physical selves are not acknowledged, leaving them ripe for hopelessness and volatility. If the need is so great yet the desire for help wanes, where is the remedy? View Presentation→
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Ryan Gravel, Urban Designer and Author

Where We Want to Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation in Cities
Atlanta BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel discusses the exciting and creative ways public infrastructure is being repurposed to transform our cities and make them places that are better suited for all residents – and for the future. View Presentation →

Nick Boler

Nick Boler at the Purpose Built Communities 2016 Conference

Cecilia Pérez

Houston, TX resident Cecilia Perez speaks at the 7th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference in Birmingham, AL on October 18, 2016.

Othello Meadows,Terry Prather, Mike and Gillian Goodrich

Philanthropic Innovations in Community Development
Across the Purpose Built Communities Network, leaders are using philanthropy in new and innovative ways in community development, including mixed-income housing, economic development and job creation.

  • Othello Meadows, Executive Director, 75 North, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Omaha, NE
  • Terry Prather, Chief Operating Officer, LIFT Orlando,
  • Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Orlando, FL
  • Mike and Gillian Goodrich, Founders, Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation

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Scotty Feltman, Woodlawn High School (WHS) Urban Farm Program Director, Jones Valley Farm

Food: A Catalyst for Opportunity in Urban Communities
Food brings people together. It can also be a means to increase engagement, employment, and of course health in our communities. Hear from experts in the field how they are using food as a driver to create opportunities in low-income urban communities.

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Megan Juelfs-Swanson & Josh Yates

Assessing Neighborhood Health & Well-Being

By what metrics and indicators can we use to measure and determine if our cities are thriving? On what basis would we be able to evaluate social progress? Thriving Cities is currently developing a holistic, research-based approach to assessing neighborhood health and well-being that combines data, storytelling, and historical context into actionable and accessible tools for community residents and leaders. In this session you will have the opportunity to preview their work, share input, and engage in dialogue around the complexity of neighborhood measurement and community alignment. Thriving Cities is an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

  • Megan Juelfs-Swanson, Data Analyst, Thriving Cities
  • Josh Yates, Director, Thriving Cities

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CDFI’s- Resources Community Development Financial Institutes can provide

CDFI’s- Resources Community Development Financial Institutes can provide to community revitalization initiatives
CDFIs can play critical roles in community development, injecting capital and investment into low income communities. Learn how your revitalization initiative can work with CDFIs to achieve results for your community.

Moderator: Ian Galloway, Senior Research Associate, Federal Reserve of San Francisco
Panelists: Nancy Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer, Low Income Investment Fund

Video Tour of the Woodlawn United Initiative in Birmingham, AL 2016

Woodlawn United is a holistic neighborhood transformation effort underway in Birmingham, AL utilizing the Purpose Built Communities Model. The Woodlawn Foundation is the community quarterback guiding this effort with partners and is a member of the Purpose Built Communities Network. This video debuted at the 7th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference in Birmingham, AL on October 17, 2016.