A Look at Education and Economic Development: Conversations with NYC Mayoral Candidates
Presented by the Wagner Policy Alliance Student Group
In line with the Wagner Policy Alliance’s 2009 –2010 theme, “Poverty in the United States: A Plurality of Perspectives”, the WPA will provide the 2009 NYC Mayoral candidates with an opportunity to express their views and proposed policies concerning the poor.
The purpose of this mayoral candidate panel is to create a forum for discussion regarding city policies that directly impact the lives of poor New Yorkers. Too often, election agendas are remiss of any mention about communities living in poverty.
The two broad issues covered by the dialogue are education and economic development (e.g. - asset building, wealth creation, and financial empowerment). Questions about these two issues will be taken from the Wagner community a week before the event, which will be then presented by the faculty moderator to the candidates. The goal is not to engage in debates, but rather to foster a discussion among the candidates. Therefore, the candidates will be encouraged respond to one another in a civil manner.
Jimmy McMillan, Rent is Too Damn High Party
Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development
Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Counsellor for the World Bank Group
Students at Risk: Nutrition, Obesity and the Public School System
Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Group
Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns facing our nation, and it is plaguing the younger generation at a threatening rate. Are schools enabling this trend? How can nutrition policy be better integrated with education policy? What role can we play as community activists, parents, policymakers, urban planners and taxpayers in helping to curb this epidemic?
Please help us answer some of these questions. Join us for a night of lively discussion with a panel of experts who have committed their lives to children's nutrition and the fight against childhood obesity.
Kathryn Henderson, PhD, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Yale's Rudd Center
Dr. Susan Rubin, Founder, Better School Food and "Two Angry Moms"
Chef Collazo, Head Chef of the Department of Education in New York City
Screening of the Documentary La Americana with Director Nick Bruckman
CineALAS: Where Film Meets Public Service
Presented by The Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students Student Group
In association with the Latino Law Students Association, the Women of Color Policy Network, the Research Center for Leadership in Action, the Wagner Women’s Caucus, and the Wagner International Student Society
La Americana is an intimate documentary following an undocumented immigrant's journey from Bolivia to New York City and back, as she struggles to save the life of her ailing daughter. Her unforgettable story is woven into the current immigration crisis and policy implications in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue.
After the screening, Director Nick Bruckman will be present to host a Q&A about the film.
Leveraging Resources to Promote Justice in Urban Environments
Co-sponsored by the Students for Criminal Justice Reform Wagner student group and the Black Allied Law Students Association
Join us for a conversation on justice in urban environments with
Conversation from 6:30 -7:30; reception to follow.
Building Refugee Livelihoods: Food Security, the Economic Crisis, and Long Term Development
Dale Buscher, Director of Protection at the Women’s Refugee Commission
The Problems Facing the System: Part 1
In the first part of the series, Professor John Billings will describe the underlying causes of the problems that face our current health care system.
Community Organizing Basics: A Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session
Thank you for your interest in the Community Organizing Basics learning session.
The session is currently filled to capacity, and we are no longer accepting RSVPs online.
To be placed on the event waiting list, please email Emily.email@example.com by September 28, 2009. Be sure to include your name, organization, title and contact information. We look forward to your attendance at future RCLA and Social Change Leadership Network events.
For upcoming learning sessions, please visit http://wagner.nyu.edu/leadership/SocialChange.php
Scaling Up Microfinance in Africa: Lessons from BRAC Uganda
The New York University Microfinance Initiative (NYUMI) and the
Mr. Arif Islam
Join Mr. Arif Islam, the Country Head of BRAC Uganda, for an intimate discussion on the scaling up of microfinance in Africa. Mr. Islam played a critical role in establishing BRAC as one of the largest microfinance institutions in Uganda in just three years. In New York for only a week, Mr. Islam has graciously offered to give the Wagner community a unique perspective into the evolution of BRAC Uganda.
Mr. Arif Islam is the Country Head of BRAC Uganda. Mr. Islam has played an instrumental role in launching BRAC Uganda in November 2005, and growing it to become one of the largest microfinance institutions in the country, in that time. BRAC Uganda has disbursed $35 million in loans to more than 90,000 borrowers through its network of 85 branch offices. It has also scaled up health, agriculture, adolescent development and education programs. Under Mr. Islam's visionary leadership, BRAC has emerged as the largest non-profit in the country, employing more than 1,500 people and touching the lives of more than half a million poor people in Uganda.
Mr. Islam joined BRAC in 1983 as a Program Organizer, and has since served as Regional Manager, Zonal Manager, and Program Manager of BRAC’s education program in both Bangladesh and Afghanistan. He holds a Masters in Education and Development from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
About BRAC Uganda:
About the International Public Service Association:
About the NYU Microfinance Initiative:
For more information about the International Public Service Association at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, please visit http://wagneripsa.wordpress.com/
Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.
Space is limited, please RSVP to confirm your attendance.
Democratic Elections: A tool for peace or catalyst of conflict?
Robin Ludwig, Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Department of Political Affairs
The Story of the Highline: A Conversation with Robert Hammond and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen
The Highline represents a radically new example of adaptive re-use of infrastructure in an urban environment, and sets a new bar for creative greening of cityscapes. While New Yorkers and visitors gain unique park space, local developers and businesses lose the eyesore of rusting, obsolescent infrastructure and the City develops the prospects of economic revitalization and property value increases.
This dramatic public-private solution did not manifest, despite its win-win promises, without tumult and challenge. Join the NYU Wagner Rudin Center and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen for a conversation with Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line. Listen in on a dialogue covering Robert’s storied history with the Highline, from his brainchild through the recent opening of its first phase, covering the policies, politics, workarounds, and innovations that took the project from near disaster to success.
Changing Climate and Water Management: A Perspective on Science and Implementation for Adaptation
Changing climate poses significant risks to societies. Many of these risks are manifest through changes in the space and time availability of fresh water of suitable quality, and through changes in the incidence and severity of floods. It is through such changes that stresses in agriculture, disease incidence, ecological health, and energy supply and demand, and hence in the economics of many communities are felt, especially in developing countries. While anthropogenic climate change is the current concern, structured low frequency climate variability, i.e., persistent multi-year or decadal fluctuations in climate, poses a very similar challenge that societies need to adapt to.
In this talk, Upmanu Lall will provide examples of how an integrated approach to assessing and managing risks in water systems in a changing environment can be developed. This approach provides a core strategy for adaptation to a changing climate.
Mobilizing Women for Economic Development:
THE EFFECT OF BRAIN DRAIN
NANA KONADU AGYEMAN-RAWLINGS, Former First Lady of Ghana
Opening remarks by Ellen Schall, Dean, NYU Wagner
Followed by a Q&A and a wine and cheese reception. Don't forget to bring valid photo ID!
NANA KONADU AGYEMAN-RAWLINGS, the former first lady of Ghana is committed to engaging women in the socio-economic and political progress of society by focusing her career on empowering women and putting both women and children on the political agenda. Mrs. Rawlings is also credited with the movement "Two Million Strong", where 870 pre-schools were setup for child-development. She is the founder of the grassroots 31st December Women's Movement in Ghana. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Rawlings, Ghana was one of the first nations approved by the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child in 1991.
What Can the UN Do in Response to Extrajudicial Killings?
Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor at NYU Law School and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.
An Evening with Robert Kaiser of The Washington Post
Hosted by the NYU's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, housed at NYU Wagner
The startling story of the monumental growth of lobbying in Washington, D.C., and how it undermines effective government.
For nearly half a century, Robert Kaiser has monitored the changes in American politics for The Washington Post. And it is from this insiders vantage point that, in this revelatory book, he chronicles the growing influence of the federal government in our lives and how it has given rise to an array of organized special interests who look to Washington for protection or assistance.
He describes how lobbyists grasped politicians all-consuming and ever-increasing need to raise money (an average Senate campaign cost $437,000 in 1974; in 2006, $7.92 million) and created a mutually beneficial, mutually reinforcing relationship between special interests and members of Congress. We see how behavior once considered corrupt or improper became commonplace, how special interests became the principal funders of elections, and how lobbyists and the politicians who depend on them have ignored such huge problems as health care, global warming, and the looming crisis for Medicare and Social Security.
A timely and tremendously important book that finally explains fully how Washington works today.
Mega-Projects: New York: Building Big: A Critical Examination of the Planning of Mega Urban Transportation Projects
Mega-Projects: New York
Building Big: A Critical Examination of the Planning of Mega Urban Transportation Projects
Bridge Bash 2009
Please join NYU Wagner's Bridge: Students for Social Innovation for our annual Bridge Bash, one of the most exciting events of the fall semester.
Bridge Bash is a social event that connects professionals, fellow students, alumni, and faculty interested in:
Wine and cheese will be served.
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MAKING SOCIAL MEDIA WORK FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
The third session will discuss approaches for implementing social media within an organizational context. It will focus on marrying the far-reaching possibilities mentioned in the first session with the tools demonstrated in the second session. This session will also offer general guidelines on how to design and implement social media strategies that cater to the needs of various audiences. To illustrate the organizational challenges that need to be overcome during the implementation of a new media strategy, the session will draw on established case studies and develop a project in the class based on one or more examples suggested by the participants. Participants will work together and learn how these tools can facilitate collaborations in the workplace and with external partners.
This session is designed for people who are interested in or responsible for the actual implementation and management of new technologically driven projects.
WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
The second session will be dedicated to describing the newest social media tools and training participants in how to use them. The workshop will explain how to use internet chat (Skype), wikis (Google, www.pbworks.com), RSS readers (Netvibes, Google Reader), blogs and Web sites, and microblogs (Twitter) and will give participants hands-on experience working with them. The particular challenges and possibilities of each tool will be discussed, and participants will learn how to adapt them to facilitate communication and coordination within organizations, between organizations, and in outreach to constituencies.
This session is designed for people who learn best by doing and those who are seeking hands-on experience with the actual tools.
UNDERSTANDING THE NEW SOCIAL MEDIA ENVIRONMENT
The first session introduces the dramatically transformed landscape in which nonprofits operate and addresses the revolution in modes of communication in general. The session will look at how these changes have made it possible for many more people to engage in new forms of activism, journalistic endeavors and efforts to shape policy and political processes, as well as enabling new modes of cooperation between individuals and organizations. Participants will learn what new social media tools are out there and how groups can best use them to increase the effectiveness of an organization as a whole.
This session is designed for organizations that are curious about the possibilities of today's social media tools and want to learn how these tools can aid in accomplishing their organizational mission.
Health Care Delivery Tuscan Style
A roundtable discussion at NYU Wagner
Italy has a national health care system ranked number three by WHO for access and fairness with significantly lower cost and better health outcomes on OECD measures. As we discuss health care reform here at home, what might we learn from their practices?
Join us for an interesting and lively discussion with Ronda Kotelchuck, Executive Director of Primary Care Development Corporation, and Professor Paula Wilson, NYU Wagner, and three prominent Directors of the Tuscan Health Care System on the design and delivery of health care in Tuscany, a region in Italy noted for its primary care system.
Reception to follow.
A Conversation on Governance: A Multi-Industry Discussion on Best Practices for Organizational Leadership
Join the Wagner Alumni Association for a multi-industry discussion on best practices in:
Al Smith, IV
Councilmember Bill de Blasio
Councilmember Bill de Blasio
Overcoming Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings
The First Annual Patty Noonan Memorial Policy Roundtable:
The emergence of the green initiatives at the City, State and Federal level has brought advocates of all types together to ask the same question: Can't we just make our buildings more efficient now? The answer is "yes", but the combination of available programs, financing, and misleading information in some quarters makes the process difficult at best. Listen to some of our areas true believers, and discover that the programs and policies are in place, and that with determination, most buildings can reduce their carbon footprint substantially.
Introduction: Jerry Salama, Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner & NYU School of Law
Moderator: Ariella Rosenberg-Maron. Deputy Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services
Patty Noonan Memorial Policy Roundtable is organized by GreenHomeNYC (http://greenhomenyc.org) in cooperation with NYU Wagner as an annual event honoring the memory of Patty Noonan, who was an early advocate of sustainable affordable housing, a friend to many in the green building field, and a supporter of GreenHomeNYC. Patty participated actively both in financing sustainable affordable housing and in shaping the policy environment in New York. At the time of her passing, Patty served as Senior Vice President of Policy & Economic Development at the New York City Investment Fund, the director of the research & policy department at the Partnership for New York City, and represented the partnership on the Mayor’s Energy Policy Task Force. Previously, she directed the Partnership's High Performance “Green” Building program, which produced the first affordable ENERGY STAR homes in New York State. Patty earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner and was a member of the 2000-2001 Coro Foundation's "Leadership New York" class, a yearlong program designed to develop the next generation of city leaders from among the public, private and non-profit sectors.
GreenHomeNYC Board of Directors:
About GreenHomeNYC: Since 2002, GreenHomeNYC has been connecting NYC residents with local experts and actionable information to help them improve the energy and environmental performance of their homes and buildings. GreenHomeNYC uses a peer-learning model that brings together interested volunteers to organize our programs, and to learn and teach others about green building in New York City. Read about our programs at http://greenhomenyc.org/about-us/what-we-do
About the GreenHomeNYC Monthly Green Building Forum:
Our audience is an engaged and interactive crowd, ranging from 40 to sometimes more than 100 people. Guests tend to represent architects, landscape architects, and interior designers; members of the building-industry and related fields, as well as folks who work in city agencies and non-profits related to development; not to mention people interested in green building, but not active in the building/design industry -- students, professionals looking for a career change, co-op or condo board members / residents, and just plain folks.