Warren Buffett has been called a wizard, an oracle, a sage - a wise and prophetic investor who knows value when he sees it. In this last episode of Season Two, Warren Buffett sat down with CNBC's Becky Quick in Omaha in 2017 to talk about how America's systems fundamentally misdirect money into the hands of too few to the detriment of the many. He called on philanthropists looking to have the biggest impact for their investments to shed their pretensions and one-upsmanship and look where things are working to attack at the root of the problem. Listen
There's an opportunity cost to separating and segregating people: we're not getting the best ideas, the creativity, the innovation out of discriminated communities that can lift up those neighborhoods and our country. Diversity brings out the best in people.
Dr. Katherine Phillips, professor of organizational behavior at Columbia Business School, told Purpose Built Communities' annual conference in Omaha in 2017 that, to understand the value of diversity and use it to learn and innovate more effectively, we need to start by making small changes in ourselves. Listen
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Institutional racism does not just impact people who are old enough to vote and have a job. It's a lifelong reality from birth to death, and it's taught, reinforced and perpetuated when our students are in America's classrooms.
Dr. Beverly Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College and bestselling author, talked with the Purpose Built Communities' Michelle Matthews in Omaha in 2017 about how people of different ages discuss race - starting as students in the classroom - and how a deeper understanding and a servant approach to the discussion can help break down the barriers of segregation. Listen
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By David Edwards, CEO of Purpose Built Communities During our 2017 conference in Omaha, a speaker came up to me and said he had never spoken at a conference with an audience as diverse as ours. I was first slightly taken aback, because at Purpose Built Communities, we tend to take for granted that our work … Continue Reading →
The national education reform debate often pits charter schools against traditional public schools. Largely absent from the national conversation at this time are the innovations that public school districts are making with other organizations, including charter management organizations, using alternative models of partnerships that bring essential leadership, curricula and community outreach models to communities that need them most. This session explores how new partnerships are changing outcomes for children and families in North Omaha. 2017 Purpose Built Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Watch
Few hospitals and health systems have worked to systematically address the social determinants of health, despite having mission-related and even regulatory reasons to try. Two visionary leaders who believe this is about to change discuss the emerging role of healthcare providers in community development and neighborhood revitalization. 2017 Purpose Built Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Watch
When 2010 New York State gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan branded his campaign with “The Rent is Too Damn High,” the phrase became a viral sensation. In many cities around the country, the rent is, indeed, too high! There is no city in America that a family of four with two adults earning minimum wage can afford an apartment. Our panelists will share their perspectives from years in the housing industry and their innovative approaches to consistently fostering affordable housing solutions for some of America’s most vulnerable families. 2017 Purpose Built Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Watch
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Every community needs them. In economically disadvantaged communities, the jobs and skills necessary to hold them can be in short supply. Learn about workforce development programs that are successfully getting people the skills — and jobs — they need to increase their earning power and improve their lives. 2017 Purpose Built Conference, Omaha, Nebraska Watch
Over the last 25 years, an increasing number of cities have moved away from building affordable housing that concentrates families and children in neighborhoods of poverty. This session explores the evidence to date of how building affordable housing within a mixed-income setting can be more beneficial for people of all income levels, especially low income families and children. 2017 Purpose Built Conference, Omaha, Nebraska
Persistent racial inequality and poverty are especially evident in America’s cities. This speech focuses on effective leadership considerations to sustain a commitment to equality, inclusiveness, and recognition that fighting poverty involves bringing the entire community together in the heart of the city. 2017 Purpose Built Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Watch