Xavier's Community Building Institute helps organize the Core Change Summit in Cincinnati

Summit brings community leaders, residents and professionals together to solve urban problems | February 10, 2012

The Community Building Institute joins numerous other community organizations in presenting Core Change, Igniting Our Strengths to Invent the New American City, from Feb. 17-19 at Cincinnati's Millennium Hotel downtown. The summit brings various community groups, professionals and city residents together to brainstorm solutions to the city’s major urban problems.

The Core Change Summit was developed by Dr. Victor Garcia, a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Peter Senge, an international consultant on “System Thinking,” who focused attention on Cincinnati’s urban problems and ways to improve life for all residents. They developed the concept of Core Change to address numerous aspects of urban living including housing, the economy, safety and education.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lead facilitators for the three-day summit include Senge, David L. Cooperrider, professor of social entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and Mark Chupp, of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western. 

Among numerous speakers during the weekend are Byron P. White, who most recently worked as an administrator with the Ohio Board of Regents and before that as executive director of the Community Building Institute at Xavier; Jack Cassidy, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell; John Andrew West, a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge; and Ed Rigaud, president and CEO at EnovaPremier and a former vice president with Procter & Gamble.

In preparation for the summit, Core Change sponsored two speakers: Mary Kay Leonard, the president and CEO of the Institute for a Competitive Inner City, who spoke on Jan. 10 about Cincinnati’s urban core; and William Julius Wilson of Harvard University, who spoke on Feb. 7 on the unemployment rate’s effect on the urban core. In addition to the series, Core Change also held small group discussions throughout the community to lay the foundation for the summit.

Many community groups and individuals are helping to sponsor the summit, including Xavier’s Community Building Institute and the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue. For more information, please call 513-745-3896. Learn more about Core Change at corechangecincy.com.