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Disrupt the Desert: Reduce Poverty by Accelerating Social Innovation in South LA

We propose a social innovation accelerator where design thinking meets social justice, on its home turf, to disrupt the patterns of disinvestment that have made So. LA into a human services non-profit desert. Cross-sector teams composed of local service providers, designers, and strategists will participate in an innovative, multi-modal series of events including 3 leadership development workshops, a 2.5 day design sprint, and a 1 day symposium on how to amplify the impact of So. LA nonprofits.

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In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

South LA

Los Angeles SouthWest College

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Mobilize for systems change

How will your proposal improve the following LIVE metrics?​

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Obesity rates

Rates of homelessness

Rates of mental illness

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

By the success of the events and increased effectiveness of partners.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach