Under different circumstances, Boston’s tagline might sound like a cheery cliché. In actuality, it comes from a unique moment of opportunity in the city.
When seventy sector leaders gathered for Threads Boston at City Year’s headquarters on June 3, the issues of inequality and equity were prominent – perhaps expectedly, based on what has been discussed at other Threads. At the same time, the conversation in Boston distinguished itself in significant ways. In recent months, Boston has seen huge leadership shifts, including a new mayor and governor, an incoming schools superintendent, and new philanthropic leaders. This alignment opens the door for meaningful long-term change. To achieve it, participants noted that the sector will have to think differently and act differently. One necessity is to pursue authentic engagement with local community members and neighborhood organizations. Another is to recognize that success must be rooted in collective action and collaboration between organizations and individuals. Finally, new forms and tools of measurement are needed to ensuring that the needle is actually moving. Also of note – the audience at Threads Boston included more Millennials than any other Thread, and their energy for engagement bolstered the conversation.
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