Book Talk: Fires, Floods, and Taxicabs
Monday, April 12, 2021, 12:00-1:00PM ET
Working in the public sector can be tough. You want to make a difference, but too often you find yourself trapped in a labyrinth of ridiculous and impossible obstacles, facing down the three-headed monster of government itself: policies, procedures, and regulations. It’s enough to make anyone want to give up. Now you don’t have to. Fires, Floods, and Taxicabs: Taking a Bite Out of Big Apple Bureaucracy offers a complete kit of effective tools for your own projects, programs, and initiatives.
Come listen to author (and Rappaport Fellowship Alum) Jeff Roth ('06) share some of his stories from twelve years inside the New York City government as well as the tricks and methods he has developed to push back against bureaucracy and make a difference. Strong government depends on dedicated stewards who can earn the public’s trust and make sound decisions for the people they serve. Recharge your passion with Fires, Floods, and Taxicabs, and discover the triumph of making real change happen.
Creating Equity Metrics for Impact
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00-1:00PM ET
Organizations across public, private, and nonprofit sectors are eager to find ways to operationalize equity, but often do not know where to start. Rappaport alumnae Tina Rosan ('05) and Somala Diby ('20) share their experiences developing tools for practitioners that move equity from buzzword to practice. Tina will provide an overview of a Green Stormwater Equity Index that can be used to prioritize stormwater investments to meet equity goals, while Somala will share her experience developing tools for equity assessment and program design with the City of Boston.
Come ready to share your own experiences, consider some challenging questions, and develop concrete next steps to enhance equity within your organization.
Living Room Chat
Wednesday, April 28 at 5:00 pm.
First in series of alumni-hosted small group issue-based conversations. Our inaugural event will be hosted by Amy Dain (’02) and Andrew McFarland (’19), who will facilitate a conversation with ~10-15 alumni about their collective work and interest in the nexus of housing and transportation. SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE RSVP.