LA the Prize Capital of the World

Thursday September 17, 2015 by Carolyn

This week has been a do good prize bonanza for Los Angeles. 

First, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that it is increasing the size of its Humanitarian Prize, which is awarded every year, from $1.5 million to $2 million (it is the largest award of its kind in the world). Second, the Berggruen Institute launched a $1 million prize, to be awarded annually, to a philosopher, "a living thinker whose ideas have deeply influenced our world."

Los Angeles is also the home of numerous other high profile prizes with cash awards of varying sizes:


Ashoka recognizes Claremont McKenna College as leader in social innovation education

Sunday April 26, 2015 by Carolyn

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is well known for educating future leaders in economics, business and government. Its alumni include founders of mega-financial institutions, accomplished corporate CEOs, and prominent political figures. It is less well known that CMC is also among the top institutions in the United States in social innovation education. 

The stereotype is false: Los Angeles DOES care about its past & is national leader in historic preservation

Friday February 20, 2015 by Carolyn

In a recent article in the New York Times on the mansionization that is taking place in some neighborhoods here, the journalist observed:

"Los Angeles has always been known for its tear-it-down, build-it-up methods, to the concern of preservationists. The intensity of the current opposition [to mansionization] has challenged the notion that this is a city with little interest in preserving its past."

Cool Apolis market bags support women in Bangladesh + So Cal communities

Tuesday February 10, 2015 by Carolyn
You may have noticed people in various parts of Southern California carrying large, graphically stunning and otherwise cool burlap shopping bags with the names of a city or neighborhood featured in clean, white font on one side and the words "Apolis: Global Citizen" on the other.

Nature loving couple donate 10+ acres to Santa Clarita to ensure the land remains pristine

Monday February 9, 2015 by Carolyn

Southern California is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. We read stories daily about investors from around the world buying property here, often for cash. 

So, it was heartening to read today in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal that in December of last year, long time Santa Clarita residents and nature lovers Bob and Wendy Stevenson donated two 4.91 acre lots to the City of Santa Clarita for open space. This is their second property donation. In 2007, the couple donated 16.3 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

A lucky chance encounter with the impressive Special Olympian Lucy Meyer

Tuesday February 3, 2015 by Carolyn

Waiting in a long line for the valet to deliver your car is generally not a pleasant experience.

But last Thursday night, after having attended the LA Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner at which Wallis Annenberg received the Civic Medal of Honor Award (stay tuned for another blog regarding this well deserved honor), I experienced a magical moment while waiting for my car.