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Center for Socially Responsible Business

Friday, March 11, 2016
8th Annual Spring Conference

Building Vibrant Cities Through Community Capital

Presented by the Center for Socially Responsible Business at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College In Collaboration with Lokey NetImpact Graduate and Undergraduate Chapters, and with our sponsors East Bay Community Foundation and others.

For the first time, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities. By the middle of the 21st century, urban population will almost double. In Oakland alone, we have seen population increase by more than six percent since 2010. This rapid growth often evokes negative consequences, such as gentrification, displacement, marginalization of communities of color, sprawl, pollution, and unrestrained resource consumption.

At the Center for Socially Responsible Business (CSRB) at Mills College, our thesis is that many of these ills derive from narrow definitions and limited availability of capital.

We aim to redefine and reframe the concept of “capital”: human and social capital, financial and economic capital, and ecological capital—and the inherent value they bring to our communities. This is what we mean by Community Capital.

At the CSRB Conference on Friday, March 11, we will change the conversation about capital. We hope to ask a different kind of question: “What if capital were structured and defined differently—if it served people, the community, and the environment instead of extracting from them?”

In our plenary session, breakout discussions, and workshops you will hear from some of the most innovative practitioners and thought leaders creating new financial vehicles to bring capital to the commons, and developing meaningful measures of well-being. You will learn how people are taking ownership of their own financial, educational, and human capital to better serve their community and address issues of social justice.

We will ask rich questions, such as: How does capital transform the ways in which people live, work, learn, commute, and love? What is happening to our ideas of community well-being? What are the surprising solutions emerging from the brushing of unlikely elbows?

We invite you to join us in conversation with community activists, policy leaders, educational innovators, business leaders, entrepreneurs, financiers and philanthropists uncovering the inspiring truth about what makes communities thrive, using capital as a tool. We look forward to your participation. Buy your ticket today!

Learn more about the day by visiting our Progratm page.

See the programs and speakers from our past conferences here.



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