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Morning Session (10:40am-12:10PM)


Cross-Sector Strategies for Affordable Housing

Housing in the United States faces immense challenges, including lack of affordability, displacement of families, and concentration of poverty. This panel will focus on promising cross-sectoral solutions, including locally-funded subsidies, cross-subsidies through mixed-income housing, impact investment, new lending strategies, and land cost control through public ownership or community land trusts.


Empowering Labor: Jobs, Training, and Organizing

Policy ideas such as guaranteeing jobs, training or re-training unskilled workers, and nontraditional organizing are frequently cited means of increasing worker bargaining power.  This panel will showcase these perspectives and explore both the tensions between them and opportunities for collaborating as partners in the against poverty and inequality.


Using Science to Fight Childhood Poverty

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University promotes science-based innovation in practice and policy to support better outcomes for children facing adversity. This panel will introduce the science behind three of their guiding principles, and ways in which each has been implemented in innovative practices.


Afternoon Session I (12:50-2:20PM)


Using Tech to Create An Inclusive Society

This TED-style session will highlight successful examples in which technology and data is used (and can be used) to fight poverty and inequality in the United States.


Holistic Support to Build Healthy Communities

This panel and workshop highlights innovative approaches to address the social determinants of health. Specifically, it will examine the role of community health workers in adopting a holistic perspective of health in low-income neighborhoods.


Creating Results-Driven Criminal Justice Reform

Re-entry programs in the United States suffer from government's reluctant to take financial and political risks on investing in programs. Jurisdictions across the country are experimenting with new funding structures for cost savings and sustainable investments in reentry programs which address both the immediate public safety risks and the underlying drivers of poverty. Panelists will describe what has worked—and what hasn’t—in alternative funding mechanisms, including pay-for-success models and social entrepreneurship.



Afternoon Session II (3:00-5:00PM)


Tackling Poverty in Immigrant Communities

This panel seeks to achieve better recognition of how poverty and immigration interact, with particular attention on access to resources and social capital for immigrants and refugees.


Big Ideas in Solving Local Poverty

This TED-style session will bring in local leaders who have a history in serving impoverished communities across the country. These leaders have experience in forming coalitions that move their organizations’ missions forward and can articulate the strength that comes from collaboration.

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