Organizer: Network for Developing Conscious Communities
A transparent dialogue among nonprofits to private developers, to public agencies and community stakeholders.
“Consciousness” in community development doesn’t just happen. It requires intentionality among participants, from whose voices require hearing to what the outcomes of development should be. Consciousness lays out a framework of principles that developers, government and private sector businesses agree to. It generates a culture of inclusion that recognizes the impacts of the racial wealth gap, confronts racism and fosters diversity and inclusion in the planning and implementation process. Panelists will reflect on their experiences with “unconscious” development when major planning decisions leave out communities and organization of color. Conversely, this panel will explain what happens when a racial economic inequality analysis and lens leads to true conscious community development.