Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Reflecting on What Works: Disruptive Leaders Are Essential

September 12, 2017

Each time Purpose Built Communities (PBC) is invited to work in a new city, it refines its approach in order to make swift progress toward improving the lives of the millions of Americans living in concentrated, chronic poverty. In the past five years, PBC has learned several lessons about the role of the community quarterback, which has strengthened its collective ability to contribute to healthier, more resilient neighborhoods. In addition to a willingness to be disruptive, coordinating organizations must set clear boundaries with other change agents, include the voices of people who live and work in the neighborhoods that are being revitalized, and be committed for the long haul.

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