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LIFTopolis 2016 in Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
5:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
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SCG invites you to join innovative social investors, nonprofit leaders, and policymakers to experience a powerful simulation of the social services system through LIFTopolis. Space is limited!

This eye-opening simulation has been successfully staged in cities across the country, allowing participants to experience first-hand the complexities and frustrations of poverty in America.

You will embody a LIFTopolis resident who must navigate a maze of service providers without slipping through the cracks and giving up. LIFTopolis is a major metropolitan city like any other: poverty is high and social service providers are understaffed, underfunded, and overburdened by unmanageable caseloads.

Following the simulation, a panel moderated by KCRW’s Madeline Brand will share innovative solutions to disrupt current thinking, end poverty in California, and examine new approaches to social services, supportive housing, job training, and education:

  • Aja Brown, Mayor, City of Compton
  • Jessica Jackley, Co-Founder, Kiva and Author, Clay Water Brick
  • Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, USC
  • Herb K. Schultz, President & CEO, Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center; Pediatric & Family Medical Foundation
  • Maria Pena, President, LIFT

Come and challenge yourself to navigate the maze and join other influencers to develop innovative solutions. The simulation will be followed by an evening networking reception.


5:30 to 6:20 pm: Pre-Event Reception

6:20 to 9:00 pm: Simulation, Panel Discussion, and Post-Event Reception

This program is presented in partnership with: Ascend/The Aspen Institute; Bank of America; Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles; Good Foundation; The Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation; New Profit; Southern California Grantmakers; A Woman's Nation; United Way of Greater Los Angeles; and 501 (See Three) Arts.

No cost to participate. Parking after 5:00pm is free.

Who May Attend:
Open to members of the philanthropic and nonprofit communities

Register online through EventBrite.

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