Livelihood Clinic Preparation Class

DUSP is establishing a Livelihood Clinic to offer students the opportunity to work on specific projects and programs in support of community livelihood development in low wealth communities of the U.S. The Clinic will address livelihood development utilizing a “systems approach to development that creates multiple forms of wealth owned and controlled locally.” Through practice, the Clinic will operationalize the Wealth Creation in Rural Communities [WCRC] framework and work to transfer learned practices related to working in high poverty regions to the larger economic development practitioner community. Through the Clinic, students will provide economic development and planning services to community groups and entrepreneurs engaged in livelihood development and social enterprise under the supervision of Amy Glasmeier and Karl Seidman. Through the Clinic, students will be connected to an organization and conduct initial problem analysis in the fall, visit the client organization and conduct related field work in January and complete work on the project in the spring term. To prepare students for the Clinic work, a companion nine-week course is being offered this fall on Mondays from 2 to 4 PM to introduce students to the field of livelihood development practice. The first three weeks will review traditional economic development theory and practice. The second three weeks will introduce the livelihood development approach. The last three weeks will focus on the intersectional spaces linking the two fields and building metrics of assessment. An important emphasis will be identifying mechanisms and adaptations required to help create livelihoods, including new business structures and practices. This class will serve to ground students while providing them with the beginning skills required to integrate across approaches. Any student interested in participating in the Clinic and companion course should speak with Karl Seidman or Amy Glasmeier.