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Follow the Data Podcast: Providing Greater Access to Racial Wealth Equity Data

September 15, 2022

On this episode of Follow the Data, Garnesha Ezediaro, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative, is joined by Natalie Evans Harris, the Executive Director of the Black Wealth Data Center, who brings nearly 20 years of experience advancing the public sector’s strategic use of data, and Gary Cunningham, President and CEO of Prosperity Now.

They discuss how the Black Wealth Data Center will give leaders access to tools and data they need to speed up progress towards increasing Black wealth, what types of data people will be able to access on site, the importance of data in the fight for racial wealth equity, and more.

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EnvironmentGovernment Innovation

4 ways cities are funding climate action

August 24, 2022

When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, city leaders heralded the new law’s massive investment in addressing climate change, including billions of federal dollars municipalities can tap into for climate projects. Yet in some ways, the feds were just catching up to what cities have been doing on their own for years. City leaders were already moving urgently to slash greenhouse-gas emissions and find ways to pay for it when federal support was scarce.

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Education

Why Mike Bloomberg is Committed to Supporting Charter Schools

August 12, 2022

Mike Bloomberg believes that every student deserves the chance to get a high-quality education, no matter where they live or how much their family earns – and our $750 million investment in public charter schools will help make that a reality for students across the country.

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Government Innovation

Borrow this idea!

August 3, 2022

The more city leaders learn from each other, the faster they can innovate and the more ambitious they can be in solving problems and creating opportunities for their residents.

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Public Health

Follow the Data Podcast: Secrets of the Retail Food Environment

July 29, 2022

In this episode, Kristine Momanyi of the Bloomberg Philanthropies public health team sits down with Sara John, the Senior Policy Director at CSPI – the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Ingrid de Santiago, the Program Coordinator at Bay Area Community Resources, and Anjelika Khadka, a youth advocate taking a stand for healthier food environments in her community. They discuss the deceptive marketing practices food and beverage manufacturers employ to sway shoppers’ decisions in grocery stores and CSPI’s request to the Federal Trade Commission to bring these practices to light. Ingrid and Anjelika also tell us more about the Bay Area’s initial reception to the healthy checkout ordinance and learnings from advocating for local healthy food policies.

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Government InnovationBloomberg Associates

Fine Tuning City Grants Management

July 28, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently hosted a workshop on ways local government can effectively identify, distribute, manage, and track the current high levels of funding. The session for over 150 city officials was part of the Federal Assistance e311 program.

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Arts

Surrounding a School with Safer Streets in Baltimore

July 22, 2022

The Asphalt Art Initiative supports cities using art and community engagement to improve street safety and revitalize public space. Through colorful crosswalks, intersection murals, and artistic pedestrian plazas, asphalt art is a relatively inexpensive way to create temporary improvements to city streets that make them safer and more welcoming for the residents and visitors who use them every day.

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Government Innovation

How leadership training is shaping a generation of mayors

July 20, 2022

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative welcomed its sixth class of mayors, a diverse group of 40 leaders from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Africa.

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Government Innovation

22 mayors from North and South America join City Data Alliance to chart new frontiers for data-driven government

July 14, 2022

Cities around the world using data effectively to serve their residents are ready to see how they can scale their efforts.

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Arts

Follow the Data Podcast: How Does Climate Change Affect the Cultural Sector?

July 8, 2022

In this episode, Ethan Joseph of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team sits down with María Ángela López Vilella, Executive Director of Museo de las Américas to discuss the unique challenges that climate change presents to the cultural sector and steps that arts organizations may consider taking to help prepare for and respond to climate change-driven hazards. They also discuss specific strategies that cultural organizations in Puerto Rico have adopted to build climate resilience in the five years since Hurricane Maria and further support their communities by becoming spaces for healing and education.

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