Monday, 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM
Opening General Session: Building, Re-energizing, and Revitalizing Your Community
Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group
Crime, poverty, joblessness, loss of creative workforce…all can be linked to the degradation of our community environment. Our speaker will share her experience as a community activist and advocate. Majora will demonstrate that through passionate commitment, we can seed growth in our communities and re-energize our citizens, the result of which is a revitalized community dedicated to future growth.
Carter believes in environmental justice: no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits that any other. Majora believes that race and class can be extremely reliable indicators of where one might find the good stuff, like parks and trees; and the bad stuff like power plants, cell towers and waste facilities…well, we know where those things can be found. Economic degradation begets social degradation.
Parks and recreation professionals have the opportunity to turn those trends around and revitalize our community as we re-energize our citizen’s commitment. This folds directly into the FRPA strategic initiatives on Community Building. Attend this session, hear the story, and understand the role you play in building your community.
About Majora Carter
Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.
At Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_fab_lab(digital fabrication laboratory) to the South Bronx - where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Spaces” found elsewhere today. The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative collaborations.
After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she opened a private consulting firm to help spread the message and success of social enterprise and economic development in low-status communities - which was named Best for the World by B-Corp in 2014.
Majora is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, and an Advisory Board member of the Bronx Academy of Software Engineering High School. Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She is a BusinessInsider.com ‘Silicon Alley 100’, one of Goldman-Sachs ‘100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs’, and her 2006 TEDtalk was one of 6 to launch that groundbreaking site. Majora is a Board Member of the Andrew Goodman Foundation.