OVERVIEW OF SERIES
The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, housed at Georgetown University, is launching a new series "Ideas That Transform", highlighting provocative social innovations that can truly transform the world for the better. We’ll surface new leap-frogging ideas that are disrupting the status quo and explore what it will take for them to thrive and actually lead to impact. You’ll hear from social innovators across sectors and industries. Our conversations will push for nuanced and constructive dialogue as we reflect on what it will take to transform the world.
The disparate impacts of COVID pandemic and recent uprisings due to police brutality and racial injustices are bringing renewed focus to our persistent structural inequalities. Moving forward, we need to include more representative voices into investment decision-making processes and design investments with and not for communities of color in ways that fundamentally shift the balance of power.
The Heron Foundation and Boston Ujima Project demonstrate two pioneering but very different approaches to shifting power. One involves a deliberative, “bottom-up” process focused on empowering community members as decision makers and investors, while one is launching a phased approach to ‘shift’ more of its institutional investment decision making power to local communities.
Join Dana Bezerra, President of the Heron Foundation and Lucas Turner-Owens, former fund manager with the Boston Ujima Project in conversation with the Beeck Center’s Sonal Shah to explore the different ways they are working to disrupt the inherent power structures that exist between funders and the communities they are serving.
Dana Bezerra, President, Heron Foundation
Lucas Turner Owens, Founding Partner, Sankofa Group
Moderated by Sonal Shah, Beeck Center