Organizer: National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
This interactive panel invites conference attendees to engage with leaders that are practicing empowerment economics, a multigenerational, culturally-relevant, empowering approach to building wealth and power in communities of color. Through a multi-year partnership with National CAPACD and Hawaiian Community Assets, researchers at Brandeis University developed a case study and evaluation framework for empowerment economics. They found that mainstream, individualistic approaches to asset building and financial capability characterized by a focus on knowledge, behavior, and savings are insufficient and culturally irrelevant to the values and goals of many communities of color. Empowerment economics is about creating social change. Individuals, families, and communities benefit from programs that center their cultural values, beliefs, and realities of multigenerational living. Meanwhile, strategies that target the root causes of inequality and challenge assimilationist programs empower individuals and communities to achieve long-term goals of equity, inclusion, and justice. Attendees will be invited to participate in a discussion about the ways in which empowerment economics reflects their own goals, programs, and priorities for building wealth and power in their communities.
Community Economies –– Sponsored by Citi Community Development