Global-Local Inequalities: Social Change for Sustainable Communities
Photo credit: Abir Abdullah for ADB 2012
Change makers from around the world discuss strategies for reducing inequalities.
What can we do, as individuals and organizations, to address the growing inequalities at the global and local level? At the core of inequalities lies unequal access to resources. Institutions, policies, and distribution of power - at the country and global level - shape opportunities of access to resources at a given point in time. Yet navigating these constraints, we can take action to bring about positive change that contributes to more sustainable livelihoods and resilient communities.
In the 2018 Global Challenges Conference, we explore innovative ideas, projects, and organizations that increase access at the community level. We concentrate on three interrelated areas:
(1) Built environments (availability and affordability of housing, electricity, transportation, etc)
(2) Food security and environmental justice (access to affordable and nutritional food, water, land rights), and
(3) Education and income-generating activities for women (access to education, training, funding). Through panels, interactive workshops, and networking and mentoring opportunities students will explore possibilities and acquire skills for impactful change in these three areas.
The goal of the conference is for students to understand the possibilities for change at the community level in the context of social and economic structures and constraints.
Note: All speakers listed are confirmed; others will be added when confirmed.
Friday, February 16, 2018
7 pm: Keynote Address: Diana Wells, President, Ashoka
Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 – 10:30 am: Three concurrent panels:
Each panel will have representatives from 3-4 organizations, from the Global North and the Global South
The panelists lay out the goals for and impact of their organizations. They discuss the contexts in which they are operating (the constraints within which they are working: which factors are given constraints, which factors could they modify, which public policy were most helpful, which ones were missing); they explore the challenges and constraints they had to navigate and the key lessons they learned; they identify the most important collaborators and allies and the factors that took them the furthest in achieving their goals.
- Evgenia Sokolova, ’01 Embark Energy
- Lynn Benander, CEO and President of Coop Power
- Marcos Marrero, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Holyoke
- Jyot Chadha, '02, Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute India
Food security and environmental justice
- Vijaya Pastala, ’89, CEO, Under the Mango Tree
- Amy Barthope, WeFarm
- Elizabeth O'Gilvie, Chair of the Board, Gardening the Community
Education and Income-generating activities for women
- Woyneab Habte, ’17, Founder and director of On Her Own
- Catherine Gobron, Co-director, Lighthouse, Holyoke
- Tess Poe, ’97, Founder and CEO of Beehive Sewing Studio and Workspace, Northampton
- Maimuna Ahmad, ’09, Founder and CEO of Teach for Bangladesh
11 am – 12:30 pm: Mentoring workshops by track area
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm lunch: Networking of students, alumnae, and panelists
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Skills workshops for changemakers
Getting funded: Communicating (or pitching) your innovative ideas to investors?
For-profit, non-profit & B-Corp: The many legal structures of social impact enterprise
Social Impact assessment
ABCs of translating ideas into action
Understanding and navigating organizational power structures to bring about positive change
Using social media for change
Addressing gender stereotyping/discrimination in organizations