On March 5-8, the Center for Community Investment convened the third seminar for the inaugural class of Fulcrum Fellows in Atlanta, GA. At this session, titled “Making Scale Happen: Time Scales and System Change,” Fellows transitioned into the second phase of work on their strategic challenges, with particular attention to defining the leverage points and partnerships that could maximize impact.
Two illustrious guests offered their time and knowledge to the Fellows:
Dr. Raphael W. Bostic, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and member of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Board of Directors, engaged in an open and candid conversation with the Fellows regarding both their respective communities’ challenges as well as the higher-level issues the Fellows are and will be confronting. There was a robust conversation about the specific “asks” that Fellows will be making of various partners to help advance their work, and the importance of being clear and ready with those asks as early as possible.
Lincoln’s President, Dr. George McCarthy, also joined the Fellows for this session and shared thoughts from Lincoln’s work on land value capture, policies designed to recover and reinvest a portion of the appreciation generated by public investment and other government action. The Fellows were encouraged to consider how land value capture could benefit their communities and their region. This discussion was embraced by many Fulcrum Fellows as a new perspective that could be useful in their work.
Open and provocative dialogue with leaders like Dr. Bostic and Dr. McCarthy is a valuable complement to the core of the Fulcrum Fellowship, which is designed to position fellows to help disinvested communities achieve their environmental, social and economic priorities. Applications for the next class of Fulcrum Fellows will be available later this spring; stay tuned for the announcement!
(Photo credit to Rudy Espinoza)