The Community Wise Podcast is a regular conversation between LISC staff and practitioners and thought leaders from across the worlds of community development, social enterprise and social justice.
A Very Personal Business Story
For our latest Community Wise podcast, LISC COO Annie Donovan caught up with Gregory B. Fairchild, the Isidore Horween Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and a member of LISC's national board of directors.
Fairchild recently published "Emerging Domestic Markets: How Financial Entrepreneurs Reach Underserved Communities in the United States," an investigation of new models that local entrepreneurs are using to promote inclusive economic development in long-underinvested American places. In the podcast, he discusses how the book, which combines history, social psychology and behavioral economics among other disciplines, also reflects the very personal story of his family's past and his own journey as an academic working on behalf of social justice.
The Living Legacy of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington
In our most recent podcast, which honors two of the most oft-invoked figures of African American history, Maurice A. Jones speaks with Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass, and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. Morris co-founded the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), an anti-racist and abolitionist education organization whose mission is to build strong children and end systems of exploitation and oppression. Erica Mock, the group’s VP of strategic partnerships, joins this fascinating and personal conversation about the origins and work of FDFI and the future of social justice work in America.
This is About Being Bold: Project 10X
This month, Maurice is joined by Connie Lewin, Director of Individual Philanthropy, to discuss the launch of Project 10X, LISC’s initiative to upend the racial health, wealth and opportunity gaps that keep tens of millions of Americans from sharing in our country’s prosperity and realizing their personal potential.
BONUS: Advancing Equity and Supporting Small Businesses amid Covid-19
A roundtable discussion with LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and Verizon’s Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Rose Stuckey Kirk, moderated by LISC board member and UVA business professor Greg Fairchild, delves into what it will take to get to economic equity for our country.
RVA League for Safer Streets
In this episode, Maurice interviews Paul Taylor, director of the RVA League for Safer Streets in Richmond, Virginia. The League was founded in 2017 by Paul, and the late Jawad Abdu, both returning citizens, to address issues of gang violence in their communities. Before stepping foot on a court, participants attend workshops on problem solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution. In this powerful conversation, Paul shares stories of transformation–of individuals working together to forge opportunities that change lives and heal communities. This episode is not to be missed.
A Conversation with Annie Donovan
In the first episode of 2020, Maurice speaks with LISC COO Annie Donovan about her journey before coming to LISC, lessons learned from community development finance and the continuous success of the CDFI model. Annie also reflects on her experience as interim leader of LISC’s Bay Area office and work being done there around homelessness, income inequality, racial equity, and displacement with an eye on the year ahead.