Videos from the recent affordable housing conference in Orange County are now available. I’d like to thank Chapman University, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, Fred Smoller, and Joe Mathews for inviting me to this event. I’m quirky and it takes a certain amount of courage to include me in such conversations.
For you hard core geeks out there I recommend you listen to these presentations podcast style rather than watch them as videos. It will give you something to ponder while you’re preparing dinner or commuting. Each of the speakers offered excellent presentations from a wide range of perspectives. I find that even when people philosophically disagreed, as several of us did, there’s a lot of overlap regarding the nature of the problems and possible mutually acceptable solutions.
My portion begins at the 32:00 minute mark. The essence of my presentation states that we aren’t capable of changing the complex overlapping institutional and cultural dynamics that are currently in place. In order to move forward we need rapid implementation of scalable new innovative work-arounds that leapfrog the administrative morass in a way that creates broad middle class buy-in.