Date(s) - 12/03/2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness: Ethics / Policy / Action
This event will be the second installment in a broader series of virtual symposia being organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council. The first event, Design Impact: Transformations at the Intersection of Equity, Climate Change, and Health, attracted over 800 attendees from more than 50 countries.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Hosted on Zoom Webinar
Design Impact Vol. 2: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness – Ethics / Policy / Action will be a direct, real-talk dialogue on homelessness in the United States that explores the myriad causes of rising homelessness and innovative solutions to eradicate it. It will consist of 3 distinct panels followed by a summary dialogue. The panels will be prefaced by keynote remarks from Binyamin Appelbaum, lead writer on business and economics for the Editorial Board of The New York Times.
Alice Kimm MArch ’90, Principal, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, Director, Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI), based in Los Angeles, CA
John Friedman MArch ’90, Principal, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, Chairperson of the Board, Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI), based in Los Angeles, CA
Session 1 – Ethics: Is Housing a (Universal) Human Right? / 11:00 – 12:25 EST
The first panel, “Ethics: Is Housing a (Universal) Human Right?” will probe the cultural, historical, and socio-political causes of homelessness in the United States, as well as the moral and ethical question of who bears ultimate responsibility for providing housing in this country.
Session 1 Moderator: Denise Ghartey JD ’19, Justice Catalyst Fellow and Attorney with the Community Justice Project, based in Miami, FL
Binyamin Appelbaum, Lead Writer on business and economics for the Editorial Board of The New York Times, based in New York, NY
Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing
Michael Lehrer MArch ’78, Founding Partner, Lehrer Architects, based in Los Angeles, CA
Richard Sennett PhD ’69, Chair, United Nations Habitat Urban Initiatives Group
Session 2 – Policy: What’s the Problem? / 12:30 – 1:35 EST
The second panel, “Policy: What’s the Problem?” will clarify homelessness politics and policy, focusing on how to advance a new national will committed to providing affordable homes for all individuals.
Session 2 Moderator: Sam Greenberg AB ’14, co-founder of Y2Y Harvard Square, based in Cambridge, MA
Angela Howard, Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities, Covenant House, based in New York, NY
Heidi Marston, Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), based in Los Angeles, CA
Nithya Raman AB ’02, Councilmember-elect, LA City Council District 4, based in Los Angeles, CA
Hanan Scrapper, Regional Director of PATH San Diego, based in San Diego, CA
Session 3 – Action: Accelerating Implementation / 1:40 – 2:45 EST
The third panel, “Action: Accelerating Implementation” will explore a range of housing and other innovative solutions designed to help eradicate homelessness in the United States and abroad.
Session 3 Moderator: Kofi Akakpo MArch ’21, Co-Chair of Africa GSD, based in Providence, RI
Rosanne Haggerty, Founder of Common Ground Community and Community Solutions
Kevin Hirai AMDP ’18, Chief Operating Officer of FlyawayHomes, based in Los Angeles, CA
Sam Klein AB ’99, Co-Founder of Underlay, a project of Knowledge Futures Group
Claire Elizabeth Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, Foundations for Social Change, based in Vancouver, BC
Additional details can be found at gsdimpact.com/schedule.