Taking it to the streets: Social media shakes it up
A conversation with Roy Choi and Tara Roth, moderated by Raphael Bostic
Social media shakes up philanthropy, bringing exposure to underserved, hard to reach communities. How can building community online translate to real life community engagement?
Our evening of conversation with Tara Roth and Roy Choi showed that each has a unique approach to reaching out and making a difference – we asked: How can social media help build real world community changes.
As Californians, Roth and Choi are truly leading from the west.
Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation and founding COO of GOOD Magazine, takes “that’s not good enough” and uses financial, social, and human capital to make emerging innovations thrive. Goldhirsh supports social innovation and is behind many philanthropic initiatives. Among them is the My LA2050 Grants Challenge which challenged Angelinos to collectively guide $1 million to build the Los Angeles future of their dreams. Top projects were selected, grants were dispersed and metrics put in place to measure results. Roth is all about bringing innovation and social change to the forefront. “I believe LA is this incredibly diverse, culturally rich region that embodies America on fast-forward,” Roth says. “The rest of the world resides in Los Angeles.”
Roy Choi, a Korean American chef with a strong resume, gained great prominence as the creator of the gourmet Korean taco truck, Kogi. He has taken his expansive restaurant career and built a strong identity to create good engagement with the Los Angeles community and beyond through his restaurants Chego, LocoL, A-Frame, as well as his book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food. His presence in the South Los Angeles food desert is bringing local youths into the kitchen and behind the counter to develop skills that will prepare them for a more promising future and away from at-risk living. Choi leads by example all while learning from his successes and failures. He built his food truck empire through the use of Twitter.
Our moderator, Raphael Bostic, is the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair on Governance and the Public Enterprise. His work spans many fields including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. Emphasis has been on how the private, public, and non-profit sectors interact to influence household access to economic and social amenities. Congratulations to Raphael on his recent appointment as president of the Federal Reserve Bank – Atlanta!
The Leading from the West speaker series is a platform that offers insight into effective governance through conversations with major western leaders of our time from the local, state and federal levels. The western states have long been at the leading edge of social, economic, and political developments that the rest of the United States subsequently faces and grapples with. From air pollution in the 1970s to immigration policy today, the west has been at the center of some of America’s most significant policy issues and has provided leadership in crafting solutions. We are able to identify steps necessary to help the public sector work better and create opportunities for best practices and cutting-edge thinking to be more broadly known and used.