Fresh Thinking about Community and Anchor Partnerships: Creating Shared Value for More Equitable Communities

BCLI Issues and Advocates Speaker Series
Fresh Thinking about Community and Anchor Partnerships:
Creating Shared Value for More Equitable Communities
October 19, 2011

Anchor Institution PanelistsWe've seen that anchor institutions, such as universities and hospitals, can have a significant impact on community economic development. But how can communities with fewer economic resources catalyze anchor relationships that will serve the particular needs of their community members? And how can leaders within anchor institutions move from a "social responsibility" framework to one that acknowledges the community's integral role in their long-term success?

In this panel, we offer some innovative case studies that allow us to stretch our thinking about the ways that anchor institutions are defined and how they support the communities in which they reside, in terms of both economic development and cultural stabilization, and we provide examples of the kinds of strategic partnerships that can emerge from engagement between anchors and communities when the focus is on the creation of shared value.

Read the speakers' bios and listen to the Anchor Partnerships panel podcast:

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