Design Impact Vol. 2: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness - Ethics / Policy / Action

Event Overview

Design Impact Vol. 2: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness - Ethics / Policy / Action, sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, 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.

Design Impact Vol. 2:  11:00 am - 3:00 pm EST  |  Thursday, December 3

Session 1

Ethics: Is Housing a (Universal) Human Right? 

11:00 - 12:20 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. 


Speakers Include:
 

  • Binyamin Appelbaum, Lead Writer on business and economics for the Editorial Board of The New York Timesbased in New York, NY

  • Richard Sennett, Chair, United Nations Habitat Urban Initiatives Group, based in London, U.K.

  • Leilani Farha,  Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Global Director of The Shift, based in Toronto, ON

  • Michael Lehrer, Founding Partner, Lehrer Architects, based in Los Angeles, CA

Session 2

Policy: What’s the Problem?

12:25 - 1:40 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.

 

Speakers Include:

  • Shaun Donovan, AB '87, MArch '95, MPA ’95, NYC Mayoral Candidate, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Former Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, based in New York, NY

  • Angela Howard, Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities, Covenant House, based in New York, NY

  • Hanan Scrapper, Regional Director of PATH San Diego, based in San Diego, CA

  • Nithya RamanCouncilmember-elect, LA City Council District 4, based in Los Angeles, CA

  • Heidi MarstonExecutive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), based in Los Angeles, CA

Session 3

Action: Accelerating Implementation

1:45 - 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.

 

Speakers Include:

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