For nearly two decades, the Goldberg Seminar reports have informed Boston’s civic discourse, leading to enduring changes. The reports were published by the Boston Foundation and widely disseminated throughout Greater Boston and across the country. Many of the findings and recommendations remain relevant to Boston’s challenges today.
The full reports are available here as pdf documents
The first Goldberg Seminar, held in the early 1980s, focused on revamping the primary health care system in Boston. The result was a report called Boston At Risk, which drew early attention to the uninsured in the city, and presented a comprehensive but practical agenda for change. Visit the Public Health section of the Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators website for up-to-date information about health care in the Greater Boston community.
Perhaps the most influential Goldberg Seminar to date focused on parks and open spaces, and resulted in one of the country’s most highly-regarded blueprints for restoring urban parks called The Greening of Boston. It proposed an action agenda that led to a doubling of the city’s maintenance budget and paved the way for a dramatic parks turnaround. Visit the Environment section of the Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators website to learn about the current state of parks and open spaces in Boston.
Boston has always been a pioneer in the area of child care, and the third Goldberg Seminar focused on this issue, and provided a platform for exploring the challenges and opportunities in this important field. The result was Embracing Our Future, A Child Care Action Agenda, which explored the fragile and complex child care system operating in Boston, and offered a blueprint for future. To learn about the current state of child care in Boston, visit the Education section of the Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators website.
The nonprofit arena is one of the most important and evolving forces in Greater Boston, and as such deserves continuing in-depth study and discussion. The fourth Goldberg Seminar explored the issues that impact the nonprofit sector, and through its final report, The Future of Boston Area Nonprofits: A Leadership Agenda, suggested ways to strengthen the sector, and build leadership for the future. We invite you to visit the Civic Health section of the Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators website to learn about the constantly changing and increasingly important nonprofit sector in Boston.
This October 2005 report by the Goldberg Seminar documents the enormous impact of colleges and universities on Greater Boston’s economy, quality of life, identity, and civic leadership and celebrates a recent blossoming of college-community partnerships. It suggests that these partnerships need to be accelerated and brought to scale and proposes the creation of a new regional alliance of college and university presidents from across public and private sectors — which does not currently exist — to accomplish those tasks. The proposed alliance would promote the sector writ large, pursue civic building and economic development and other partnership opportunities with business, government, and civic institutions, and work with individual colleges and universities and civic authorities to promote new approaches to campus-community interactions.