Can investment models focus on and generate social justice?

In the second presenters of the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, Deborah Frieze founder of the Boston Impact Initiative and DUSP's Ceasar McDowell explore an alternative, place based investments focused of social justice, represented in this presentation by the Boston Ujima Project and Boston based CERO cooperative. Watch this fascinating presentation to learn how a community controlled economy can steer successful investments and achieve triple bottom lines.

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

Gentrification Beyond Displacement

This interdisciplinary panel will engage what has traditionally been a planning issue on a broader scale of the humanities. We will discuss gentrification from key angles that have emerged in issues in these past few months. These themes will include the impact of gentrification on immigrant enclaves (especially in sanctuary cities), the commodification of neighborhood identity, hierarchies of citizen value, as well as interactions between incoming and legacy residents.

How does the continued and increasing 'fissuring' of the modern workplace effect employees, corporations, and our culture?

In the first presenters of the Finance, Geography and Sustainability Workshops, David Weil from Boston University Questrom School of Business and Caitlin McElroy from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University delve into the growing intensity and frequency of fissured workplaces across a spectrum of labor fields, the consequences of these organizational structures, and possible policy actions to mitigate the worst consequences.

What does the Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) group within DUSP offer students, the entire MIT community, and beyond?

In the newest DUSP Faculty video features Professor Larry Susskind, who outlines his research interests spanning over 45 years on the MIT faculty. He also delves into the unique opportunities EPP presents to DUSP students and the wider MIT community.

How do DUSP faculty directly impact and influence communities?

How are studies in fields such as epidemiology, public health, and community development translated into action through planning?

Discover the many facets to the implementation of planning in a MIT News story featuring the work of DUSP's J. Phillip Thompson and Mariana Arcaya.

How does a planner understand and then motivate an individual's transportation choices?

Can the lessons of transportation behavior nudges be extrapolated to our understanding of concepts such as the built environment or climate change? What unique pathways and advantageous can DUSP and Transportation offer MIT and the larger world?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in the newest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Assistant Professor, Jinhua Zhao.

What is a resilient city?

What can planners offer cities recovering from disasters? How should we define recovery? Are responses to a disaster geographically and categorically specific? How is resilience, and the resilient city, defined in an urban and planner lexicon? How do politics and power interact with the common understanding of resilience?

What can shift a city away from being 'smart' and allow it to be both 'smart' and 'senseable' simultaneously?

What is a sensible city? What advantages do emerging nations have in deploying senseable solutions to pressing issues such as food insecurity, the ability of a government to project power, housing stock, etc.?

Find out more in a question and answer in DevEx, featuring DUSP's Carlo Ratti