Series of events apply MIT know-how to civic engagement with political, economic, and social challenges facing the U.S.

A broad network of faculty, students, and staff at MIT are hosting a Day of Action, today, April 18, in response to the political, economic, and social challenges currently confronting society. The Day of Action is free and open to the public and will continue until 9pm.

How should we define materiality in the context of a city?

In the third panel of the final day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Robert Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard University and Aniket Shah, Program Leader of Financing for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, explore the application of integrated reporting's codified capitals and evaluation process to promote more sustainable cities.

DUSP Alumna Appointed to Citizen Committee for Homeless Initiatives for Los Angeles

Tunua Thrash, a DUSP Masters of City Planning alumna, former Executive Director of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC), has been named as one of three citizen's who will help oversee the Proposition HHH controlled $1.2 billion for homeless initiatives in Los Angeles.

DUSP doctoral candidate Aditi Mehta awarded 2017 Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service

Please join us in celebrating DUSP doctoral candidate, Aditi Mehta's 2017 Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service.

The Priscilla King Gray Awards for Public Service recognizes both MIT graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrated outstanding dedication to social change through prolonged and deep involvement in public service aimed at strengthening the MIT community.

What can we do about an inefficient and self-destructive financial system created by raging banking?

In the second panel of the final day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Sabine Döerry, Senior Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg, discuss the shift in the practice of banking that allowed for the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the calculated costs of this modern style of banking, and possible methods for curtailing the extremes and mitigating the risks it creates.

Three DUSP Students Awarded Kuehn Fellowships

Please join us in congratulating Amarillys Rodriguez, Rachel Belanger, and Will Monson on their recently announced 2016 Kuehn Fellowships.

The Kuehn Fellowship is designed to enable promising students to work with embed organizations to further access and capacity for Massachusetts affordable housing. Fellows share and assimilate knowledge through networks of mentors, practitioners, and government officials.

What are the obstacles facing innovative institutional investors when they attempt to intermediate global investment needs with global savings?

In the first panel of the second day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Gordon Clark, Professor of Economic Geography and the director of the @Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at University of Oxford, with Aniket Shah, Program Leader of Financing for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Eric Knight, Associate Professor of Innovation and Management at the University of Sydney Business School, analyze the challenges and opportunities to leverage institutional investors participation in innovative markets.

How could politics and sustainability impact our access and use of cyberspace?

In the seventh and final panel of the first day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science at MIT and Fenghua Pan, Associate Professor at Beijing Normal University explore the dynamic relationship between cyberspace access, governmental influence, geopolitical conflict, and sustainability.

If you missed the Workshops, this video is now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here.

Without legal elasticity, will digital coding of the financial hierarchy lead to financial self-destruction?

In the sixth panel of presenters for the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Katharina Pistor, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Justin Steil, Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning at MIT discuss the legal structures which support our financial markets, as well as the inherent paradox between legal and financial constructions. They continue by examining the changes and interplay between these systems with the shift towards digitization of both finance and law.

Are our financial systems producing a market likely to reproduce the mortgage securities crisis of 2007-2008?

In the fifth panel of presenters for the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Neil Fligstein, Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of California Berkeley and Jason Jackson, Lecturer in Political Economy at MIT explore how the financial markets produced the mortgage securities meltdown of 2007-2008.

If you missed the Workshops, this video is now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here.

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