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Too many Americans live in neighborhoods stuck in intergenerational poverty - but the American Dream is in the hearts of Americans in every zip code. Purpose Built Communities, a network of nonprofits leveraging a holistic model for transformational neighborhood revitalization, shows how to break the cycles of poverty and create vibrant communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.... Show More

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October 14, 2019 58 min

It's been a convenient diversion from the truth that's been told since Reconstruction - that the segregation we've seen and continue to see in America is just the effects of private individual biases and incidents of discrimination, rather than codified in law. But, when we look at the facts, that myth breaks down pretty quickly with the abundant examples of policies in local, state, and federal government across the co...

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July 23, 2019 47 min

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 invest...

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July 16, 2019 64 min

Building racial, social, and health equity in communities of concentrated poverty is not an unrealistic dream - it's happening in real-time across the Purpose Built Communities network. A group of thoughtful leaders from diverse backgrounds in different cities have moved from talking to leading with equity. Michelle Matthews, Senior Vice President at Purpose Built Communities, moderated a discussion in Orlando in 2018 with the ...

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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, t...

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July 2, 2019 43 min

More Americans are sent to jail than ever before in human history. Most of them are young, African American men living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. Mass incarceration devastates the communities where it has removed a generation of residents, with long-term impacts for generations. Dr. Todd Clear, professor at Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice, presented to the Purpose Built Communities annual conferen...

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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 Purpose Built Communities' Michelle Matthews in Omaha in 2017 about how people of different ages d...

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June 18, 2019 58 min

Two weeks before the 2016 election, there was an immediacy and urgency when Dr. David Williams, professor of public health, African and African American studies, and sociology at Harvard University, shared his research on the clear connection between race, socioeconomic status, and health at the Purpose Built Communities annual conference in Birmingham, Alabama. His work is even more relevant now in the face of public attacks from ...

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June 11, 2019 56 min

We are constantly and fundamentally surrounded by racism in how our systems and public institutions have been structured and operate that it can be easy to not see it. To effectively revitalize a neighborhood, we need to look through a structural lens at our political, economic, social, and cultural history in order to fully understand the meaning of racism in America and how to address it in our institutions. 

Glenn Harris, presid...

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June 4, 2019 3 min

Too many communities are failing in America. Millions of people are trapped in poverty, fighting for their American Dream. And racism is at the core of why poverty is concentrated in some neighborhoods and not others, why the American Dream can be out of reach for so many of us. We must attack the underlying discrimination baked into our system throughout America's history to help communities become places where everyone has th...

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December 11, 2018 15 min

The final episode of Season One tells the story of Jamese Pinkston, who returned to the neighborhood in Charlotte where she grew up to help her neighbors have access to the opportunities to succeed and thrive that she was lucky to have. Hear her describe why she has the "best job in the world."

 

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December 4, 2018 13 min

America's demographics will become majority-minority in the coming decades. One neighborhood in Houston shows how to successfully build vibrant communities of diversity - and how to bring all of those different groups together in the wake of a natural disaster.

 

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November 27, 2018 14 min

Gentrification is nothing new in America. Many who stand in its path feel helpless to fight back against it. But some communities are striking the balance of revitalizing the neighborhood without pushing out its residents, bringing in new investment while preserving the history and culture of the place. 

 

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November 20, 2018 13 min

Equity has become a buzzword in America. Yet we're collectively falling short of the American ideal of how we should be revitalizing communities - where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their own American Dream. So, what does it look like to really lead with equity in a community?

 

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November 13, 2018 20 min

Transformational revitalization can come in many different shapes and sizes. Howard Kennedy Elementary in Omaha went from a dead-end to a school that prepares its students to succeed and helped bring vibrancy and life back to the neighborhood.

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Every child deserves to get a quality education that prepares them for the future. But every child comes from different circumstances. A public charter school in Atlanta has matched the neighborhood's unique needs and built a pipeline from the cradle through college that sets students up to thrive.

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October 23, 2018 13 min

To address the root of intergenerational poverty, you need more than some money and good intentions. A holistic model that looks at the whole neighborhood - its housing, education, and community wellness - and a community quarterback can shift the tide.

 

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How do you know if you're transforming a neighborhood out of intergenerational poverty - bringing vibrancy, energy, and life back to a community? You'll feel it. 

 

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October 23, 2018 18 min

Bootstraps or downward escalators. No matter which analogy you prefer, the data are clear: the neighborhood where you grow up determines how high you can reach in life. This first episode shows how history and policies segregated poverty in neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina. 

 

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October 12, 2018 2 min

Poverty is the neighbor of wealth in America’s cities - but it doesn’t have to be. This series will tell stories about interstates dividing communities, walking out your door and “feeling it,” both public charter schools and traditional public schools helping students and neighborhoods, the struggles of fighting against the forces of gentrification, waking up and walking with a purpose every day, and coming back full circle.

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