What an amazing gathering in Fort Worth! More than 350 people from 49 communities in 47 cities participated in our Sixth Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference from October 5 to October 7, 2015.
Topics covered included education, housing, community engagement, economic development, the connection between public health and community development, public safety and more. See for yourself! Below are some of the presentations that will inspire you from our dynamic speakers.
Conference Video Presentations
Get a glimpse of some of the amazing moments from the sixth annual Network Member Conference. Click on any of the tabs below to watch the video from that portion of the conference.
David Edwards, The State of Purpose Built Communities
On October 5, 2015, Purpose Built Communities CEO David Edwards kicked off the 2015 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX with an overview of the Purpose Built Communities model and its 13 Network members across the country.
Tom Brokaw, Television Journalist & Author
“A Lucky Life Interrupted” – Tom Brokaw is one of the best-known journalists in the history of television and has reported on some of the most important events of modern world history. His latest book is a personal memoir about his battle with multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer, and the reflection it spurred about his life, family and career.
Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Co-Founder, RECAP
Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Co-Founder, RECAP (Rebuild Every Community Around Peace), spoke at the Purpose Built Communities Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX on October 5, 2015. In response to deaths from gang violence and the belief that faith-based organizations such as the church should respond, Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace (RECAP) was formed. RECAP is a partnership that leverages the expertise developed by Rev. Jeffrey Brown’s over 20 years of experience of gang mediation and intervention, and police/community relations in the US and around the world. Here, Rev. Brown tells the story of his life’s work.
Glenn Harris, Center for Social Inclusion
On October 6, 2015 Glenn Harris, the President of the Center for Social Inclusion, led an interactive session about racial equity at the 2015 Purpose Built Communities Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX. He discussed the reality of race and its historic, cultural, and institutional impact, the need for progressive economic policy development and the need to reimagine the roles and practices of community and government in addressing inequity. To achieve this, we must start with a clear understanding of the meaning of racism in America and the ways that race is hard-baked into our institutions. We must move beyond defining racism as individual acts of bigotry. An institutional and structural approach to racism names our history and its cumulative impacts, and provides policy solutions that cut across multiple institutions.
Florentine Films - David McMahon discusses films of social consequence
Films of Social Consequence:
Florentine Films has produced some of the most acclaimed documentary films ever made, including Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” and “The Dust Bowl.” David McMahon, producer of “The Central Park Five” and “Jackie Robinson” shared clips from these films and discussed their social and cultural significance in American life.
Panel: Don't Leave the Community out of Community Revitalization
An African adage says “What you do FOR me but WITHOUT me, you do TO me.” Hear from Purpose Built Network Members how they have authentically engaged the community throughout the planning and implementation phases. Panelists share their overarching philosophy of community engagement, but also specific advice based on what has worked well and not so well.
Moderator: John Majors, Vice President, Purpose Built Communities
Reflections on Woodlawn - Myeisha Hutchinson and Arnold King
Myeisha Hutchinson and Arnold King, two natives of the Woodlawn Community in Birmingham, AL, discuss the revitalization effort that has been underway there over the past five years as part of the Woodlawn United Initiative.
Welcome from Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth
On October 6, 2015, Mayor Betsy Price welcomed the attendees of the Sixth Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference to the City of Fort Worth, home of the Renaissance Heights United initiative. Renaissance Heights joined the Purpose Built Communities network in 2015.
The Honorable Kelly Allen Gray, City of Fort Worth Councilmember
October 6, 2015 – As part of the 2015 Purpose Built Communities Annual Conference, attendees visited the Renaissance Heights development, the target area of investment and collaboration for the Purpose Built Communities Network Member the Renaissance Heights Development Group.The Honorable Kelly Allen Gray, City of Fort Worth Councilmember serving District 8, discusses the history of the Renaissance Heights United initiative and what successful, cross-sector collaboration looks like in Fort Worth, TX.
Dr. Wayne Carson, Chief Executive Officer, ACH Child and Family Services
Dr. Wayne Carson, Chief Executive Officer, ACH Child and Family Services discusses his organization’s role in the Renaissance Heights United initiative as one of the partners participating in the neighborhood transformation using the Purpose Built Communities Model.
Breanna Pruitt, Renaissance Heights
The Renaissance Heights United initiative is a partnership breathing new life into a section of Southeast Fort Worth, TX. Breanna Pruitt, a fifth grade student at the Uplift Mighty public charter school that is part of the Renaissance Heights initiative, talks about the impact her school has had on her life.
Robert Lupton, Founder, FCS Ministries
At a session titled, “Charity Detox, What Charity Would Look Like if We Cared About Results,” veteran urban activist Robert “Bob” Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. He highlights proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve.
Reflections on Castlemont - Summer Bey
An Oakland native, Summer Bey is a former member and employee of Youth UpRising, a nonprofit serving young people in the Castlemont area of East Oakland and a Purpose Built Communities Network Member. Summer tells her inspirational story and reflects on the ongoing transformational work in Castlemont and what it meant to her.
Place Matters - the Top 10 Things You Need to Know
October 6, 2015 – Carol Naughton, President of Purpose Built Communities and David Erickson, PhD, Director of the Center of Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco lead a discussion about the Top 10 things you need to know in Community Development right now. This session provides an overview of the latest thinking and research about how place-based initiatives can help achieve better outcomes for the people who live in them.
Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU
October 7, 2015 – Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University and author of “Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality” spoke at the Purpose Built Communities Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX. He discussed how in the 1960s, many believed that the civil rights movement’s successes would foster a new era of racial equality in America. Four decades later, the degree of racial inequality has barely changed. To understand what went wrong, Professor Sharkey shared why we have to understand what has happened to African American communities over the last several decades and what urban policies that have the potential to create transformative and sustained changes in urban communities and for the families that live within them.
Panel: Building Healthier Places
October 7, 2015 – A city comprised of healthy neighborhoods is a healthy city. This is a discussion about the health harms of impoverished neighborhoods and why doctors increasingly see the work of community development organizations as critical to making these communities healthier.
Olis Simmons, Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Youth UpRising
Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford Children’s Hospital
Panel: Importance of Intersector Collaboration
The importance of cross-sector, or “intersector” collaboration is critical to holistic revitalization. Three expert silo-busters share their thoughts on some of the critical partnerships and strategies that move the needle in communities.
Moderator: Shirley Franklin, Executive Board Chair, Purpose Built Communities
Bill Barnet, Chairman, Northside Development Group, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Spartanburg
Renee Lewis Glover, Founder and Managing Member, The Catalyst Group, LLC; Chair of the Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity International
Several Purpose Built Communities Network Members are blazing a new trail within traditional public school systems. Hear how they are tackling change to achieve better results for the children in their neighborhoods.
Moderator: Carol Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities
Laura Clark, Executive Director, Renaissance West Community Initiative, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Charlotte
Marilyn Hack, nurse and entrepreneur, tells her story of moving to the Villages of East Lake in Atlanta and the journey she and her family have taken to achieve success and sustainability.
Panel: What does victory look like?
What does victory look like?
A look back in history on lessons learned, successes and challenges still to conquer from the East Lake Foundation, celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Bayou District Foundation, celebrating its 10th and CONNECT, celebrating its first.
Moderator: Carol Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities Panelists:
Daniel “Danny” Shoy, Jr., President, East Lake Foundation, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Atlanta
Gerard “Gerry” Barousse, Jr., Chairman, Bayou District Foundation, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, New Orleans
Anne Whitlock, Founding Director, CONNECT, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Houston
Start:ME – Micro-Enterprise as a Community Development Strategy
A program taking root in the Atlanta region is engaging a dynamic and diverse set of entrepreneurs from low-income communities. Hear from some of them as they demonstrate how this program is fostering connections and partnerships with businesses and the community, and discuss the “business edge” this program brings to the participants.
Brian Goebel, Associate Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta
Nicole Massiah, East Lake Entrepreneur, Owner, Krumbz Bakery
Darrell Glasco, East Lake Mentor, Founder, Darrell Glasco Advisors
Green Streets: Turn Trash into Cash and Jobs in Low Income Communities
Moving documentary and panel discussion about a young entrepreneur and his friends who turned trash into cash in the distressed San Francisco housing projects and created desperately needed jobs.
Moderator: Greg Giornelli, President, Purpose Built Schools
Sophie Constantinou, Documentarian, Citizen Films
David Mauroff, Author, Interim Executive Director and Co-Founder, Green Streets
Tyrone Mullins, Co-Founder, Green Streets
Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO at Teach For America
Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO at Teach For America, will join us to share her thoughts on the state of education in the United States and the lessons she has learned leading Teach For America. The conversation will touch upon the following topics: ensuring quality during periods of rapid growth, encouraging innovation, responding to challenges and criticism, and investing people in a mission that matters.