Donghia Designer-in-Residence Lecture by Geeta Mehta, with Reception
“Building Social Capital by Design”
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
07:00pm Open Seating 07:30pm Lecture Reception following the Lecture
Ahmanson Auditorium at THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
This lecture and cocktail reception are free and open to the public!
Reservations are recommended as seating is limited to 150.
Call 310.665.6867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat(s).
DR. GEETA MEHTA is an adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at Columbia University. She has worked on urban design projects in India, China, Austria, France, Ukraine, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Ghana, Kenya, and the U.S.A. Geeta was recognized as one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Women’s eNews in 2015, and by HSBC Bank as the Social Entrepreneur of the year in 2017. She also serves on the New York City Mayor’s Waterfront Advisory Board.
Geeta is the founder and president of Asia Initiatives, a non-profit organization with a mission to help under-served communities through design and through empowering women. She is the innovator of Social Capital Credits (SoCCs), a virtual currency for social good that is being used in India, Ghana, Kenya and USA to incentivize participation in community improvement projects. In 2018 Asia Initiatives won the Happy City Competition to implement SoCCs in the capital city of Amravati in Andhra Pradesh, India. Asia Initiatives also received the Regional MIT Inclusive Innovation Award in 2019 for SoCCs.
Geeta Mehta working with a neighborhood community in Koliwada Dharavi that came together to improve their sanitation, photo by Matias Echanove