This is Community Podcast

Listen. Learn. Lead.

To tackle a problem, we must first understand it – and then set about solving it.

For decades, systemically racist policies have disenfranchised entire neighborhoods and created areas of concentrated, intergenerational poverty. To bring about change, we must address the symptoms and the root causes of such inequity, while making investments that bring new opportunity and also preserve the history and culture of a place. This Is Community is a podcast by Purpose Built Communities that explores these issues and more.

Season Three

In 2020, we are experiencing the confluence of a public health crisis, the resulting economic fallout, and outcry from around the nation for racial justice – all of which are disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities and those living in poverty.

In season 3 of This Is Community, we explore the evolving role of a “community quarterback” – these conversations from summer 2020 feature leaders from throughout our network discussing the urgency of place-based leadership for swift crisis responses in areas of greatest need.

SEASON 3, EPISODE 6

A Conversation with Logan Herring, CEO, REACH Riverside

It all goes back to racist policies and practices. In this episode, hear more about how the Riverside neighborhood is similar to other Black and brown communities, as well as how they are different. Their response to the current reality has focused on a holistic approach for addressing community needs-—particularly creating a forum for teens. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 5

A Conversation with Mashonda Taylor, Executive Director, Woodlawn Foundation

We are actually solving the problems that we've been wanting to solve for a long time and thinking innovatively and not looking at barriers so much anymore. Hear more about how Woodlawn Foundation is serving as the stable force in a historic Birmingham, Alabama neighborhood amidst the pandemic, convening community partners to help them pivot and adjust. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 4

A Conversation with Jon Ippel, Executive Director, AmplifyGR

This [community development] work does not happen unless you're working in partnership. Being proximate and cultivating relationships is difficult to do when everyone is intentionally distancing from each other to support public health. Hear how Network Member AmplifyGR in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is cultivating relationships—even amidst crisis—with for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, aligning around a common purpose to create a healthier community. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 3

A Conversation with Jacob Peters, Director of Operations, Bayou District Foundation

Hear how thoughtful, historic investments in children, affordable housing and all aspects of the social determinants of health are setting up the Bayou District of New Orleans for meaningful recovery. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 2

A Conversation with Cydney Franklin, President and CEO, Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp.

Life stressors are something that all of us deal with every single day. But it is well documented that people and families living in poverty face disproportionate and compounding circumstances. In this episode we hear about how in Omaha, Nebraska, the trifecta of crises—health, economic and racial justice—are affecting poor and Black and brown communities. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 1

A Conversation with Debra Edleson, Executive Director, Grove Park Foundation

When crisis hits, it is critical to have the ability to assess the landscape and identify the trauma. Residents in the Grove Park neighborhood on Atlanta’s westside have been hit particularly hard by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving an estimated 75 percent of residents unemployed. In this episode, we hear what is transpiring on the ground and how the Grove Park Foundation pivoted for a swift crisis response. Listen

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