Keynote Lecture by Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation

Thursday, 11/11 @ 6:00 pm EST

Emmanuel Pratt is an urban designer creating a model of resident-driven community development in neighborhoods that have suffered the effects of long-term disinvestment. Pratt is co-founder and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, a nonprofit organization based on Chicago’s South Side that engages local residents in the cultivation and regeneration of social, environmental, and economic resources in their neighborhoods.

A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, Emmanuel Pratt has been invited to give the keynote to close the daylong SCE Climate Colloquium because the work demonstrated and exemplified by the Sweet Water Foundation provides a radically transformative model of engaged practice. Informed by deeply held belief in social, racial and climate justice, Sweet Water Foundation challenges traditional institutions, like Parsons, to question what it really means to live and educate meaningfully today. Emmanuel Pratt sets an example for how to use a design education as the foundation for constructing fundamental change.

Pratt’s talk will be rooted in President McBride’s conceptual vision for the framework of ‘Fearless Progress.’ As such it will unpack, build upon, and root the concept as a framework for emergent transdiciplinary research and collaboratory praxis particularly within the context of what has been underway in the evolution of the SWF Communiversity at The Commonwealth.

This lecture is part of the SCE Climate Colloquium, an all-day all-school special event aligned with COP26.

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