Rising income inequality and decreasing economic mobility have become some of the most pressing issues facing cities today, touching all aspects of urban life, from education and health to transportation and housing. Boston is no exception, with stark disparities in opportunity and outcomes across demographic groups, most notably along racial and ethnic lines.
Confronting Inequality and Economic Mobility: Data-Driven Lessons from Boston, for Boston will explore how the region can be a leader in dealing with this challenge—examining inequality and its consequences, but also ways to increase mobility and counteract existing inequities.
Confronting Inequality and Economic Mobility: Data-Driven Lessons from Boston, for Boston, will be hosted at Boston University on April 27th, 2018. Stay tuned for more updates as we finalize speakers and set the agenda.
We are inviting members of the region’s civic data community, including representatives from the academic, public, private and non-profit sectors, to submit proposals for talks and panels describing data-driven work occurring in greater Boston, be it original research, the implementation or evaluation of policy or programs, or a mixture thereof.
We encourage proposals from representatives of all disciplines and domains, spanning the academic, public, private, and non-profit sectors, provided the proposal highlights the use of digital data or technology to better understand or address issues of economic inequality and mobility in Boston and/or the greater Boston region. Given the pervasive nature of inequality and the many aspects of mobility, we are encouraging talks covering a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: housing; education; health; climate and environmental justice; job and labor opportunities; crime and criminal justice; and access to resources, amenities, and services.
Proposals might be for any of the following formats:
And will describe one of the following: