EconAlliance is in a grant partnership with Peoples Self-Help Housing (PSHH) and United Way Northern Santa Barbara County and Assessments USA/Canada to provide literacy enrichment to targeted PSHH youth and adults, as well as career awareness and job search skills for targeted adults. The first year of effort, funded by NeighborWorks, is documented in this video.
The November 3 2016 EconAlliance Future Forum/Annual Dinner featured presenters Christine Peterson, Founder of The Foresight Institute, on nano and biotechnology and artificial intelligence, as well as Dan Parolek, Founder, Opticos Design, on “Missing Middle Housing”. Other program elements included the organization’s first Innovation Award (Edmund Burke, Space Information Labs) and recognition of EconAlliance’s immediate past president Mike Kirkwood, who, while remaining on the Board of Directors, was replaced as Board president by Steve Pepe of Clos Pepe.
Dan Parolek, Founder, Opticos Design – Parolek’s EconAlliance Future Forum presentation focused on the nature of and obstacles to “missing middle housing”. He described how the demand for this type of affordable, walkable neighborhood housing crosses generations and provides solutions to address both in-fill and revitalization opportunities.
Christine Peterson, Co-Founder, The Foresight Institute, Palo Alto – For the 2016 EconAlliance Future Forum/Annual Dinner, Peterson provided an overview of nanotechnology – its nature, progress and applications in energy, health care, manufacturing and transportation. She also touched on biotech and artificial intelligence and how these emerging technologies would impact industries and lives.