Prosperity Symposium: Economic Mobility Research in Action
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Purpose: Convene a cross-sector team of actors with a diversity of expertise on economic security in Philadelphia—ranging from local, experiential knowledge to theoretical, academic knowledge—to make meaning around their work and collaboratively devise a research and action agenda to guide poverty and prosperity interventions deployed at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond.
Programming: The event will kick off on Thursday, January 17, with a screening of Quest, the critically acclaimed documentary film that captures ten years in the life of a family living in North Philadelphia. On Friday, January 18, the co-presenters will host an intimate, half-day summit designed to reinvigorate Philadelphia’s approach to its grand challenge—economic inclusion, security, and mobility. Summit attendees will hear from local and national experts, participate in facilitated activities, and brainstorm a consensus course for moving the needle for low-income Philadelphians.
What makes this event different? The Poverty and Prosperity Symposium is marked by its commitment to integrative, interdisciplinary research and action. The event harnesses Mayor Nutter’s dynamic network of social impact practitioners, academics, business and industry leaders, and policy makers, creating a forum for shared learning and decision making. By simultaneously foregrounding policy and practice, it has the potential to articulate poverty solutions that are data-driven, locally and culturally congruent, and implementation-ready.